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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


Filtering by Tag: rock and roll

Army Green and Blush Pink

Carolina Santos Read

In my W by Worth top, Zara long vest, H&M skinnies, Valentino rock stud flats, and Rebecca Minkoff purse while strolling Park Ave.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

Lately I have been really loving the color combination of army green paired with a soft blush pink or baby pink.  As you can see by my outfit above, I paired my W by Worth new spring 2016 top (the one I purchased after my recently blogged-about visit to the showroom) with my cream and blush pink cheetah print H&M skinny jeans.  

The details of the same outfit up close and personal

I then accessorized the top and pants with an army green long vest I bought recently from Zara, and my favorite Valentino cream and pink rock stud flats.  My bag is an oldie but goodie I scored a couple years ago at a Rebecca Minkoff sample sale.  I love the cream and black color combination on it with the big bow on the front and metal chain link hardware on the strap: another great example of girly meets rock and roll.

This time of year the flowers everywhere in New York are stunning, and my Upper East Side neighborhood is no exception with the blooming trees and tulips on the ground.  A perfect colorful setting to shoot this look.



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!



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!

Rock & Roll Night Out

Carolina Santos Read

In my Marc by Marc Jacobs slingback booties, H&M ripped skinny jeans and faux fur jacket, Topshop top, and Chanel bag.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

I have recently been watching the new show "Vinyl" on HBO and am completely obsessed with 70s rock and roll fashion.  I've always been influenced by boho and 70s rock and roll (with a feminine edge) but lately it's been on fleek (did I use that saying correctly?)!!

In my look above I styled my rock and roll night out-fit from the ground up starting with my Marc by Marc Jacobs oldie but goodie slingback peeptoe dark blue satin booties (see close-up of the shoes below for the bow and rhinestone detail and the geometrical heel that really makes the shoe) with my black ripped H&M skinny jeans, and a black recent Topshop top purchase.  This top has a cool peeptoe front with the criss cross neckline I love to accentuate the collarbone and shoulders.  The seams of the top have geometrical shapes too which picks up the detail in the shoe.  I then threw my plush faux fur green and black H&M jacket (a recent bargain item on sale) for a real 70s vibe, styled my hair naturally curly and let it get messy and did a mean cat eye.  Last but not least I added my favorite Chanel ice cube bag that I bring out on special occasions.  Please see the close up below for more bag details.

I love how Francisco captured these Marc by Marc Jacobs sing back peeptoe ankle booties.  The satin is really pronounced, and the black mirror-like finish with the geometrical heel.  The boots are my style: a little edge with a girly touch: a feminine bow with rhinestone detail.

Here is my Chanel ice cube bag I bought in Europe years ago and I just treasure.  It's ice cube detail with metallic trim make the bag match really well with almost anything, and it's such a statement unique piece.  It was the perfect finish for a funky rock and roll look.

In the look taking a tour of NY Vintage archives wearing a Dior piece.

Another shot from my tour of NY Vintage lusting over these Vivienne Westwood beauties. What an incredible place!

I wore the look out to visit my friend Megan at New York Vintage Incorporated in Chelsea where I was able to browse the archives and try on some pieces like this exquisite Dior feather shawl seen above in the first photo, and the incredible Vivienne Westwood heels in the second photo.  I was so incredibly inspired by this place and I can't wait to go back and rent out some pieces for a shoot! Thank you Megan and NY Vintage, I will be back! 

Peace and love,



New Years Eve: A Feminine Twist on Menswear

Carolina Santos Read

Sleeveless tuxedo top by JCrew, boyfriend fit dress pants by H&M, studded boots by Aldo.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

“Is it NYE already? What will I wear?!” Don’t worry I have you covered! Every New Years Eve I typically pull out something shiny or sparkly out of my closet, and usually it's in dress form.  This year I thought I’d experiment with a feminine version of menswear.  In the photo above, shot by Francisco Graciano in the Upper East Side’s gorgeous Palace Hotel, you can see I styled my boyfriend fit dress pant from H&M with my sleeveless tuxedo blazer top from JCrew.  I love the sexiness the open shoulders and deep V add to the look, which I think is accentuated nicely with a bralette underneath.  For a little sparkle change the black bralette to a sparkly number.

I also paired the look with my favorite rock and roll studded ankle booties from Aldo.  However, for a more polished sleek look swap out booties for a stiletto (perhaps with a little sparkle) and you’re ready for a night on the town! Or a night in.  Those can be so much less stressful on New Years!

Here are some of the outfit details, lipstick by Laura Mercier, earrings are vintage.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Lipstick by Laura Mercier, earrings are vintage.  Photography by Francisco Graciano. Celebrate NYE with Moet Chandon and look up to see that ball drop!

In these last two photographs you can see the outfit details with the bralette and tuxedo top as well as my makeup, jewelry and hair choices.  I opted to go with a gold earring to match the hardware in my booties, a pulled back slicked low ponytail for a Spanish dramatic edge (my upbringing in Madrid shows up a lot in my clothing choices), and a fiery red lip to add even more drama. My lipstick is by Laura Mercier and my jewelry is vintage. 

Whatever you decide to do this New Years, be safe and drink responsibly but above all have fun and ring in the New Year in style! Happy New Year 2016 everyone!