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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

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Velvet and Wellness

Carolina Santos Read

At the Tournesol wellness event in my  Free People  velvet bell bottoms and bolo tie,  H&amp;M  white silky blouse,  Aldo  studded booties and Valentino Rock Stud purse. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .  

At the Tournesol wellness event in my Free People velvet bell bottoms and bolo tie, H&M white silky blouse, Aldo studded booties and Valentino Rock Stud purse. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

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Hi there!

I was recently invited to the first Conscious Dinner in NYC (they have had them in different cities such as LA before, but will be starting them in NY now as well) last week and it was such a fun event I thought it would be fun to blog about it...and what I wore, of course.

The event was hosted by Integral Fitness and held at Tournesol Wellness, a space for holistic wellness including primary care benefits of everything from Reike practitioners to Herbologists, Yoga and Meditation, etc.  As we checked into the event we went into the kitchen of the space downstairs and had a wonderful vegan meal including kombucha and coconut water stations, and a tea and herbal liquid elixir station where I bought some mushroom immunity and some sleep tea.  

Afterwords we stepped upstairs and signed up for different rooms and experiences.  Francisco and I and my friend Lindsey (who has an awesome new blog all about sustainable clothing) experienced everything from an improv room to Reike, Herbology, and a talk about being our truest selves.  The other rooms also included astrological readings and sound therapy.  It was so much fun!

My outfit incorporated a huge trend at the moment: velvet.  In these Free People pants I always feel like a rockstar.  I styled them with a silky H&M blouse and Free People silver rose and red suede tassel bolo tie which also looks great as a choker, and my Aldo studded booties I wear all the time.  My new Rock Stud Valentino purse rounded out the outfit.  It was a beautiful night for velvet since it is such a cozy fabric especially for the holiday season, and it feels festive for parties.  Since this was a more casual party, velvet pants and a top felt just right.  I also wear it in dresses, shorts, and tops.  How do you wear it?

Xo,

Carolina

The kombucha they were serving was fantastic! 

The kombucha they were serving was fantastic! 

I loved the Anima Mundi teas and elixirs so much I bought an immunity elixir and dream tea for my insomniac boyfriend.  

I loved the Anima Mundi teas and elixirs so much I bought an immunity elixir and dream tea for my insomniac boyfriend.  

This was the elixir I decided on. Perfect for mixing into my morning smoothies! 

This was the elixir I decided on. Perfect for mixing into my morning smoothies! 

Here with Dasha the event organizer. Thanks Dasha! 

Here with Dasha the event organizer. Thanks Dasha! 

Bows: Uptown VS Downtown

Carolina Santos Read

In my JCrew sleeveless ruffled collar top with Free People gold chain and attached velvet black bow, vintage striped skirt, black tights and Christian Louboutin pumps, Valentino Rock Stud bag and Guess coat. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .

In my JCrew sleeveless ruffled collar top with Free People gold chain and attached velvet black bow, vintage striped skirt, black tights and Christian Louboutin pumps, Valentino Rock Stud bag and Guess coat. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

I hope everyone is enjoying their "Turkey Hangover Day" aka Black Friday. I got lots of Christmas shopping done today and am feeling accomplished. 

You may have noticed bows or ties popping up on shirt collars and all over the place.  I challenged myself to style this two ways: Uptown vs Downtown (NYC). For those of you non New Yorkers, uptown chic is usually a little more preppy and classic whereas downtown has more of a bohemian or rock and roll vibe.

In the looks above I styled a free people velvet bow on a gold chain over a JCrew button up collared sleeveless off white silk blouse which I tucked into a vintage silk pink and black striped skirt. I completed the look with tights, black stiletto Christian Louboutin pumps, my new Valentino rock stud bag, and my Guess puffy coat. It's a put together Gossip Girl style look which is chic and definitely preppy, like a schoolgirl who's grown up.

In the below looks I styled a crisp white Ralph Lauren oxford shirt with high neck collar and attached big bow with my ripped H&M high-waisted skinny jeans, Aldo studded booties, and  Rebecca Minkoff black fringe bag.  In the other photo I also added a studded tweed jacket over the blouse which I scored at H&M years ago. I posed on the fire escape for a completion to the edgier version of the bow shirt trend. 

So there are many ways to wear this bow trend, two of which I had a blast putting together and wearing! The classic white shirt will remain a closet staple, but it can always receive updates.

Xo,

Carolina

In my Ralph Lauren bow tie high collar white blouse, H&amp;M ripped high -waisted skinny jeans, Aldo studded booties, and Rebecca Minkoff black fringe purse. I finished the look with vintage Chanel studded earrings. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .&nbsp;

In my Ralph Lauren bow tie high collar white blouse, H&M ripped high -waisted skinny jeans, Aldo studded booties, and Rebecca Minkoff black fringe purse. I finished the look with vintage Chanel studded earrings. Photography by Francisco Graciano

Festival Wear 🌸🌼🌻🎸🎤

Carolina Santos Read

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Having a ball at the Governors Ball music festival in NYC recently! Wearing  12th Tribe  pants,  Free People  top,  H&amp;M  platform booties, and a  Rebecca Minkof f purse (the mini Love Crossbody).&nbsp;

Having a ball at the Governors Ball music festival in NYC recently! Wearing 12th Tribe pants, Free People top, H&M platform booties, and a Rebecca Minkoff purse (the mini Love Crossbody). 

Hi There! 

With Summer now in full swing, music festivals are going on everywhere! I was recently at the Governors Ball festival in New York, and I went in full festival garb.

In my look above I styled my 12th Tribe bell bottom print pants with Free People fringe top, H&M platform lace-up booties, and my Rebecca Minkoff mini pink Love Crossbody purse. I also topped off the look with natural curly hair and a flower crown. 

Last year at Governors Ball I wore a jumpsuit which was beautiful but difficult to use the bathroom in (had to get full naked in a portopotty!) so this year I opted for an easier pant and a platform rubber bootie that was easy to clean at the end of the festival once it was covered in mud from the field.

Happy Festival Season babes! 

xo, 

Carolina

Walking the Strange Creek festival last year wearing a Free People fringe kimono, Aldo studded ankle booties, and Express cutoff black denim shorts and H&amp;M black crop top. 

Walking the Strange Creek festival last year wearing a Free People fringe kimono, Aldo studded ankle booties, and Express cutoff black denim shorts and H&M black crop top. 

Here's an outfit from last year's Strange Creek Music Festival wearing Topshop pants, Aldo ankle boots, and a Free People top and necklace.  

Here's an outfit from last year's Strange Creek Music Festival wearing Topshop pants, Aldo ankle boots, and a Free People top and necklace.  

Effortless Summer Chic

Carolina Santos Read

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In my  Free People  eyelet off the shoulder peasant top and  Topshop  palazzo pants, fringe sandals and handmade brown wicker weaved clutch from Brazil. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .  

In my Free People eyelet off the shoulder peasant top and Topshop palazzo pants, fringe sandals and handmade brown wicker weaved clutch from Brazil. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

I am back in New York after a few exciting trips to Brazil to see family as well as Mexico City to perform with a dance company.

In this post I am featuring effortless summer style because it is quickly becoming summertime and for me that means being able to wear the most fun outfits sans stress of coats or scarves.  

This look above features a red billowy eyelet print off the shoulder peasant top from Free People with Topshop printed palazzo pants, my fringe sandals from a boutique in Madrid and a handmade brown wicker clutch from Brazil.  

I love how flowy and baggy the pants are which allows for a breezy summer night but is cool enough for daytime. The top has the exotic elegance of an off the shoulder look with the versatility of a regular length or midi length top thanks to its elastic bottom. I allowed for my tummy to show to offset the baggy pants and top and create a waistline.

This look is also dressy or casual!

xo, 

Carolina  

Cozy Winter Neutrals

Carolina Santos Read

In my Vince Camuto Moto boots (now on sale!) JCrew matchstick dark denim skinnies, and Free People "We The Free Sheila Hacci" knit top.  Shot in Philadelphia by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

On a recent trip to Philadelphia, PA Francisco and I decided to shoot my new Free People "We The Free Sheila Hacci" top which I styled with my JCrew dark wash denim matchstick skinny jeans, white lace tank, Vince Camuto biker boots and black beanie for an effortless comfortable and slightly edgy yet cool look. 

What I love about the color and draping on this grey knit is how easy to wear it is while overall maintaining an effortless chic. We all need that wardrobe piece that is cozy and you feel good in but don't want to forego style. Here is that perfect piece!

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Here you can see a great close-up shot of the top. I even matched my nail polish (a sparkly grey from Urban Outfitters) to the top! Check out the photo below for my sunglasses and nail polish. 

Here I am cheesing with my new Urban Outfitters sparkly grey nail polish and Zara red sunnies I bought last fall while shopping in São Paulo" with my cousin.  I love the fun pop of color they add to an outfit, and we couldn't resist another shot in the beautiful historic city of Philadelphia!

Xo,

Carolina 

A New Twist on a Classic (Denim Shirt)

Carolina Santos Read

Free People "Because You Are Mine" embroidered shirt, JCrew dark wash matchstick jeans, and Vince Camuto Moto boots. Photographed in Philadelphia by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

I was recently at a Free People store and picked up this beautiful denim button-down shirt with white flowered embroidery that I fell in love with. I love that it's a twist on the old classic denim shirt, and it's perfect for spring. Additionally, it's currently on sale so what's not to love about that? 

I was in Philadelphia for work recently and Francisco and I found some great spots to shoot! In the photos above I styled the top with dark blue JCrew matchstick skinny jeans since I love to mix two color denims together (for an updated Canadian tuxedo), but I more traditionally matched a black belt to my Vince Camuto motorcycle boots which are also on sale right now! 

This is a look which could easily be styled with a bolo tie and cowboy boots for a more obvious country western vibe, but I chose to make it edgy while still feminine with my Moto boots. Going into Spring I've certainly been feeling like mixing girly accents with rock and roll which overall I would say I'd my favorite style aesthetic. 

Happy sale shopping! There are some great sales at the moment.

Xo,

Carolina

Puffy Coat or Faux Fur?

Carolina Santos Read

Topshop faux fur turquoise coat, Aldo booties, and JCrew vegan leather skinnies styled with a vintage hat and Celine Nano Crossbody bag. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

 Hi there!

So in my last post I noted my belief that being warm doesn't have to be boring. This is why I want to lay out a few coat options for warm fun coats for this winter season that I'm having so much fun with in my closet right now! 

In my look above you can see my Topshop turquoise blue faux fur coat. I feel like a rockstar in this coat when going out, and it's warm and fuzzy too. I paired it here with my JCrew vegan leather skinnies, favorite Aldo studded ankle booties, a vintage hat and scarf, and my Celine nano Crossbody bag in a burgundy red. Francisco and I took to the streets of Gowanus, Brooklyn to shoot against some graffiti that we thought spelled out what I felt like doing in this outfit quite literally! 

On the LES of Manhattan in my Guess puffy coat, Free People scarf and Celine Nano Crossbody. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

In the photos above I'm wearing my new Guess puffy coat with faux fur trim on the hood. I styled it with my Celine Nano Crossbody bag, Free People new fluffy white scarf, my favorite booties, and my H&M boyfriend dress pants, as well as a red lip. I love the belt feature on this coat to cinch the waist while still providing a thick layer of warmth, and the faux fur trim makes it playful and more stylish instead of an average black standard puffy coat.

My new H&M faux fur with Valentino rock studs and Kate Spade purse.

This is a brand new H&M faux fur jacket I found on sale. It's a black with dark green mixed in. For a night on the town I'll pair it with vegan leather skinnies, my Valentino rock stud heels and matching Kate Spade red with cheetah print purse. This is a fun while staying warm alternative! 

Xo,

Carolina 

Holiday Party Dresses and Can't Leave the House Without Items!

Carolina Santos Read

Party dress no 1 by Free People "Ginger Meadow Dress," vintage shoes. Photography by Francisco Graciano, shot in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Hi there!

So it's the holiday season (wopee!!) and I'm not sure about you, but for me it's certainly the time of year I pull shiny things out of my closet. And party dresses.  All of my party dresses (appropriate for winter).  In this post I want to feature some of my favorite party dresses as well as can't-leave-the-house-without items to be party ready.  The first dress above is from Free People (my fave, in case you didn't see my Nov 12th entry).  I'm a Free People Me stylist (Lina7) and I just LOVE this brand's look, customer service, and free people me program.  

This dress is called the "Ginger Meadow Fit and Flare" dress, and I love the lace and beading on the top attached to a cushy deep red velvet skirt.  It's whimsical and vintage and has a victorian lush feel to it.  I feel like a character in Alice in Wonderland in it, thus the idea for the shoot in a magical garden I love to visit in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Photography again by my talented man, Francisco Graciano.

Free People "Reflected Moonlight" dress, vintage shoes, Topshop faux fur jacket, and JCrew statement necklace.  Shot on the Gowanus canal in Brooklyn by Francisco Graciano.

In this second look photographer Francisco Graciano and I took to the streets of Gowanus, Brooklyn (or more specifically the Gowanus canal) to shoot Free People's Reflected Moonlight dress in nude and gold with the setting sun and water in the background. Also in this look are my vintage shoes, Topshop turquoise statement faux fur and JCrew statement necklace. I love a little sparkle around the holidays, and what better way to do sparkle than a metallic? I love how this dress contrasts nude with gold to make gold work like a neutral and match with almost anything. It adds a little festive flair to an outfit, and has you feeling glamorous.  I love the gold and black color combination which is why I went with my black heels instead of my favorite gold glitter peeptoe Louboutin heels featured in the photo below, which are very festive! I also styled this dress with a statement faux fur from Topshop, because a fun faux fur jacket makes an outfit look more glamorous and party ready! This outfit had me feeling like a rockstar.  Also at the back of my nude tights was a black seam going down the leg which adds a feminine and sexy edge to a party dress.

Can't leave the house without items...read below

Can't leave the house without items...read below

Last but not least before embarking on your party adventure I always suggest bringing along my can't-leave-the-house-without items in your party clutch.  Stylist tape (shown above my Victoria's Secret fashion tape) to hold your dress straps where they should be, accessories like my Topshop earrings, Chanel powder to take down shine when you've been dancing away, travel perfume (I love Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel), Rosebud Salve lip balm, and a fun party bag like my Coach gold python clutch. In the photo I went with gold and pink accessories for my cousins' wedding in Brazil recently, to match my gold peeptoe glitter Christian Louboutins and pink silk Nicole Miller gown.

Here was the final look! Pictured with my cousin Fernando whom I walked down the aisle with in the wedding party for my cousin Camila's wedding last month in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Xo,

Carolina

Fitness & Fashion Merge

Carolina Santos Read

Dress by Haute Hippie, shoes by Aldo, bag by Chanel.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Dress by Haute Hippie, shoes by Aldo, purse by Chanel.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

For my second fashion blog entry I wanted to talk about the merging of fashion and fitness.  As a professional dancer, fitness is a big part of my life.  Maintaining a healthy fit body is exceptionally important for a long, successful career.  This doesn't mean we can't have fun doing it.  Lately I've been really into merging my passion for fitness with my fashion aesthetic.  It all sort of started when I was invited to a Fitness & Fashion night in September by my friends at one of my favorite brands: Haute Hippie.  They are the epitome of chic hippie style with a high fashion edge.  In the two photos above (shot once again by my talented photographer boyfriend Francisco) you'll see me in a Haute Hippie army green maxi sleeveless dress I've been rocking on these warm fall days we've had lately.  To buy this dress (on sale currently I believe!) head to www.hautehippie.com.  I layered a Zara cream lace vest over it and Aldo metallic gold espadrille sandals that I bought over the summer.  My bag is an older Chanel tote that I cherish, and the baby pink is fun to transition into fall with neutrals such as army green, tan, and cream.

On the evening I went to the party in my Upper East Side neighborhood, I looked at the fall lines of Haute Hippie, Zadig e Voltaire, and Rebecca Taylor all in the cool townhouse setting of the exclusive Fitness Cell gym.  I had a moment as I photographed the clothing and mingled with fashionistas and personal trainers.  There's no reason these two loves can't all be combined.  Check out my fun new workout-wear looks below of new Free People and Athleta sportswear I've added to my fitness clothes.  These are pieces that can be worn under street clothes to add a sporty chic look to an outfit, or can be worn in a complete going-to-the-gym look that looks great and makes you feel like a rockstar.

Athleta spokesmodels in all Athleta looks at the Wanderlust Festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  I'm in the middle wearing Athleta pants, bra, and sweater. 

Here I am heading into one of my favorite fitness studios: Flex Pilates.  Ready to get my sweat on in my new Athleta pants with Under Armour top, Louis Vuitton bag, and Aldo shoes!

Top by Free People Movement, yoga pants by Head.  Taken after an antigravity yoga class at Crunch gym. 

Here I am upside down after antigravity yoga class at Crunch gym with the same Free People Movement top.  I love the detailing of the top that you can see in the back mirror.

In all the above photos you saw some great athletic-wear that can transition into day to day outfits.  I've worn the Athleta pants everywhere and the pink sports bra under street clothes, as well as the Free People Movement top which has a great neckline to show off toned shoulders, and cutouts in the sides and back to show off muscle.  With leggings and an ankle boot and fall scarf and sweater its perfect for a sporty everyday look.  I chose the burgundy color because I'm sort of obsessed with this color for fall.  

I also wanted to let you know of some great fitness opportunities out there that are money-savers and a fun way to check out new classes.  I participated in the Athleta Fit 6 challenge after Wanderlust festival which allowed me to take some workout classes at new studios at half price, and recently I began a two week free trial of Class Pass which is a great way to take unlimited workout classes per month at participating studios.  I've been taking everything from barre classes to pilates, antigravity yoga and regular yoga, kickboxing, boot camp, pole, and even dance classes (there are all levels on class pass).  My favorites so far have been Joyce Wong's antigravity yoga at Crunch gym, any of the barre classes at Exhale Spa, and pilates with the reformer machine at Flex Pilates.  Let me know what your favorites that I should check out are in your comments!

 

Xo,

Carolina