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Carolina Santos Read was born in London and raised in Madrid and Connecticut where she studied at the Casa de Cultura and Eastern CT Ballet. She was in numerous productions including "The Nutcracker," "The Sleeping Beauty" (Young Aurora), "Hoedown" (Cowgirl), and a soloist in Balanchine's "Concerto Barroco." Carolina has attended many summer dance intensives including the Kirov Academy of Ballet, the Juilliard School, Ballet Hispanico, the Carmen Roche ballet school and the Amor de Dios flamenco school in Spain. Carolina was awarded two gold medals with distinction at American Academy of Ballet's Performance Awards, and was recipient of the Shoreline Arts Alliance dance scholarship in 2004.<br /><br />

She graduated from Fordham University with a BFA in dance in conjunction with the Alvin Ailey School and a BA in Political Science. She has worked with choreographers Maximo Luna, Christopher Huggins, Troy Powell, Sylvia Waters, Pascal Rioult, Nathan Trice, Ronald K. Brown, Pedro Ruiz, Robert Battle, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Jacqui Buglisi, and performed Ramon Oller's "Besame" solo set by Irene Hogarth of Ballet Hispanico. In the spring of 2008 she performed as a guest artist with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater. In August 2008 she performed as tango dancer and dance captain in an Actors Equity (AEA) production of "Evita" at the Ivoryton Playhouse in CT. She then performed with Ballet Hispanico's Senior Ensemble in Manhattan.<br /><br />

Carolina has acted in commercials, film and television including "Beautiful Girls," "The Reflection," and "Friends With Kids" (Chicago dancer) as well as Princess Sophie's Secretary on Season 4 of Gossip Girl, a stewardess in ABC's "Pan Am" pilot, and Johnny's girlfriend on "Tattoo Nightmares." She models for commercial print work and has danced in music videos. In March 2010 Carolina performed in "Canto," an all-women flamenco piece choreographed by Melinda Marquez. April-September 2010 she toured the UK with England's Giffords Circus as dancer and assistant choreographer. She performed in plays "La Revolucion" and "Moctezuma" at NYC's Mint Theater, as well as "The Producers" and "Home for the Holidays" in CT.  She most recently performed a flamenco solo in the 2012 Provincetown Dance Festival and was seen Off-Broadway in 50 Shades! The Musical at the Gramercy Theater. She is currently working in the ghost opera "Circle of Haunts" in NYC, and in March she will once again guest artist with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater

Fashion

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Post Holiday Pre NYE glow

Carolina Santos Read

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Hi there! 

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas if you celebrate it! I loved being back on the East Coast visiting family in Connecticut and friends in NYC. I’m now back on the West Coast and in that lull between Christmas and New Years when you don’t know what day it is! But one thing is for sure: you can still sparkle.

I wore this look in CT for Church and it’s so much fun to throw on some metallics at this time of year, but not just on this time of year. I’m wearing an oldie but goodie Zara pleated metallic skirt (they are still avail not just in Zara but I’ve seen versions at H&M, JCrew Banana Republic and more) with a Zara Chanel-esque tweed metallic moto jacket and JCrew ruffle sleeveless white blouse. My brown riding boots are Cole Haan and my pink velvet chain strap bow purse was a recent score from the Saks 5th Ave outlet! It’s by Rebecca Minkoff

Shine on, guys! 

xo

Carolina

The Bodysuit

Carolina Santos Read

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Hi there!

Have you been seeing the bodysuit trend and wondered how to style it? There are so many ways and it’s such a fun and easy look for Summer! I styled my Zara orange with fuscia polka dots bodysuit with a cutoff short and flip flops at the beach or nude wedges to walk around casually and my straw bag. It can also be dressed up with a high waisted pant and heels! To accentuate the fuscia polka dots I wore a fuscia earring and my hair up to keep it casual and fresh. In the above looks I was at Rockaway beach in NYC and the bottom look I was in Miami recently!  

Have fun with this trend because I just love it!  

Xo, 

Carolina  

Winter Florals 2 Ways

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Hi there and Happy New Year! 

My family and I celebrated the Holidays in CT and Paris, and I styled a new Zara floral dress with velvet bow and cuffs two different ways, in each place respectively. I love the darker hues with floral allowing for it to be worn in the winter with tights and not just as a dress for warmer months. I first styled it with black accented floral lace tights and my Sam Edelman blue platform wedges along with my vintage Chanel purse. My makeup (see below) was a new palette from Charlotte Tilbury called “Vintage Vamp” which has purples golds and berry tones that I love for winter!  I photographed this in my old bedroom since it is a girly almost doll-like look.

I wore the look again in Paris to see the Fortuny fashion exhibit at the Palais Galliera museum, only this time I added a velvet blazer and Zara studded strappy ballet flats to make it a little more edgy. I love these strappy studded flats because they are another great example of girly & rock and roll! 

Florals can be worn in so many ways and they never go out of style. This dress has bows and ruffles so it’s quite girly but with the right accessories I love to give it a slight edge to go out.

Xo, 

Carolina

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Embroidery & Off the Shoulder

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In my Zara top and jeans, Nine West sandals and Celine bag at the Petit Palais in Paris. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .  

In my Zara top and jeans, Nine West sandals and Celine bag at the Petit Palais in Paris. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

Here I am in Paris recently visiting the artwork at the Petit Palais, and we chose to take pictures in the gorgeous courtyard because the light was delicious! 

This look embodies a few of the trends I'm most excited about currently: embroidered Denim and an off the shoulder top. Both my jeans and top are from Zara (currently) and my fuscia suede lace-up sandals are Nine West outlet (they are called Ruby 4 You). I finished the look with my favorite Ray Ban sunnies and my Celine Luggage Tote crossbody bag. 

This is an effortless chic summer look that can be worn day into night and was casual and stylish as well as comfortable to travel around Paris on a beautiful day last month! I would also style the top with a skirt and the embroidered Denim looks great with a more fitted top and jacket for a more polished look as well. If you wear a billowy top I recommend a tighter jean so you're not swallowed up by the clothes. It creates a sleeker line.  

Hope you're enjoying your summer so far! More travel posts coming in the next few weeks with fun summer outfit inspiration that can also transition into fall! 

Xo, 

Carolina

Festive in Black & Gold

Carolina Santos Read

At a holiday party wearing my  Ralph Lauren  black with gold crest blazer, a  Zara  black turtleneck, gold  Topshop  sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a  Coach  python holiday clutch. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .

At a holiday party wearing my Ralph Lauren black with gold crest blazer, a Zara black turtleneck, gold Topshop sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a Coach python holiday clutch. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Sitting by the tree at a holiday party wearing my  Ralph Lauren  black with gold crest blazer, a  Zara  black turtleneck, gold  Topshop  sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a  Coach  python holiday clutch. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .

Sitting by the tree at a holiday party wearing my Ralph Lauren black with gold crest blazer, a Zara black turtleneck, gold Topshop sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a Coach python holiday clutch. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Standing by the tree at a holiday party wearing my  Ralph Lauren  black with gold crest blazer, a  Zara  black turtleneck, gold  Topshop  sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a  Coach  python holiday clutch. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .

Standing by the tree at a holiday party wearing my Ralph Lauren black with gold crest blazer, a Zara black turtleneck, gold Topshop sequin mini skirt, black tights, and vintage black suede pumps. My gold clutch is a Coach python holiday clutch. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

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Hi there! 

Merry Christmas Eve and Happy first day of Chanukah everyone! In the spirit of the Holiday season I wanted to share my favorite holiday color combination: Gold and Black. 

In the look above I styled my favorite Lauren by Ralph Lauren black blazer with gold RL crest over a Zara black turtleneck tucked into a Topshop gold sequin mini skirt. I finished the look with black tights and vintage black suede pumps, and my favorite gold python clutch from Coach. I also added a couple statement necklaces for some added sparkle!

Make sure you sparkle over this holiday season and ring in the New Year in style. I love an excuse to sparkle and shine and be festive. If you've been following along on my social media I've been snapping and Instagram story sharing some fun holiday moments and looks too.

Xo, 

Carolina  

Off the Shoulder Trending for Spring

Carolina Santos Read

Strolling the High Line in the Meat Packing district in my  Zara  off the shoulder blue top and pink moto jacket,  Ralph Lauren Denim &amp; Supply  ripped boyfriend jeans,  Valentino  rock stud flats, and  Balenciaga  Mini City bag. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .

Strolling the High Line in the Meat Packing district in my Zara off the shoulder blue top and pink moto jacket, Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply ripped boyfriend jeans, Valentino rock stud flats, and Balenciaga Mini City bag. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

One of my favorite trends this Spring is the off the shoulder trend. It looks effortless, bohemian, and sexy without trying too hard.  Exposing the shoulder is a subtle and elegant way of showing a little skin and feeling feminine in your clothes.

In the outfit pictured above I paired a baby blue off the shoulder top I recently bought at Zara with my older Zara pink moto jacket, Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply ripped boyfriend jeans, Valentino rock stud baby pink flats, and my new Balenciaga Mini City purse.  The long necklace is also an older piece from Free People that I just love.  

Once again I decided to play with feminine touches mixed with a little edginess in the studs on the shoes and on my bag, the motorcycle jacket, and a ripped baggy boyfriend jean to offset the girly pastel colors and flowy off the shoulder top.

Francisco and I went to dinner at Sugar Factory in the Meat Packing district after our High Line stroll, and it was delicious.  I have a sweet tooth and that restaurant has the best drinks and dessert options.  We opted for the peanut butter and chocolate fondue! Later in the weekend I ventured to dinner and drinks with friends at Cata in the Lower East Side for my birthday as well as dinner at Spice Market on a separate night with my girlfriends I've known since I was in middle school who came into the city to visit.  Last weekend was the perfect birthday weekend and I really couldn't have asked for more!

Xo,

Carolina

In my Zara top enjoying my watermelon martini garnished with a watermelon sugar gummie.  I was literally a kid in a candy shop at Sugar Factory!