About Kristina

Meet Kristina of Pretty Shiny Sparkly

Hi, I’m Kristina, the girl behind the beauty & personal style blog, Pretty Shiny Sparkly. Pretty Shiny Sparkly is my outlet celebrating the feminine aesthetic–and a sparkly thing or two. The blog was born out of the ashes of a family tragedy (click here to read my story–I am told you will need tissues). With no background in fashion more than a tween-age obsession for fashion catalogs and magazines before the internet, I am on a mission to celebrate the “everygirl” outside of the pages of magazines. I am on a journey, exploring my own sense of personal style, and hopefully (cross my fingers!) lend some inspiration. I am by no means an expert in fashion, nor do I ever claim to be one.

I am addicted to Shellac nail polish and the smell of glossy magazines. It’s a problem. I share my home with my wonderful husband, “HB”. I’m a voracious blog & magazine reader, and watch YouTube videos in the morning while drinking British tea (PG Tips, yo).hb-and-k-in-provence

When I’m not changing my nail polish or tottering around in heels, I’m a full time resident physician in Anesthesiology.

Feel free to check me out on Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin’, and YouTube.

Please see this page to find out how to get in touch with me!

For a list of features, press, awards, & interviews, click here.

Kristina is the founder of the successful Bloggers Do It Better movement, and her Secrets to Successful Fashion Blogging installments have garnered the attention of thousands, including ELLE magazine. Pretty Shiny Sparkly has been featured in the likes of MTV Style, Glamour, Lucky Magazine, 101 Top Fashion Blogs, Style Sample Magazine, FabSugar, BellaSugar, and more. PSS reaches over 150,000 readers each month with its personal style outfits, beauty reviews and more. Kristina has personally collaborated with notable names such as Vogue, MANGO, Lâncome, Mikimoto, Gap, Chevrolet, Isaac Mizrahi, ABC Family, Bauble Bar, Style Mint, Kardashian Kollection, Brahmin, Kmart, Kohl’s, Nine West, Payless, Timberland, American Express, Lands’ End Canvas, & Gucci, among others. She was also one of Avon’s official Brand Ambassadors for 2012.

For more about PSS and press-related activities as well as speaking engagements, please click here.

  • http://sparkycorner.wordpress.com Sara

    yea i’ve begun to shop online more as well ….. used to never do it with shoes particularly but now i’m like, i’d rather get them online then go around the store in the crowds!!

  • http://www.slowsouthernstyle.com Christy

    Stumbled upon your blog via the Blog Catalog. I love your ultra feminine style that remains pretty yet not fussy. From one southern fashion blogger to another, hello!

  • Elisa

    U toe pitty!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      please ignore my ridiculous mother who thinks that baby talk translates in print phonetically.

      • Claire bear

        That made me laugh!

  • Jacey

    Hi Kristina!
    I’m new to your blog, but I’m an instant fan. As a fellow Southern belle med student who has a magnetic attraction to all things pretty and sparkly, I commend you on keeping up with this endeavor! I hope you find your calling in medicine, and don’t let the stress of it all kill your feminine spirit! :)

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  • http://mylifeonrepeat.wordpress.com/ Sarah

    I’m so jealous of your lenses!!! Drooool.

  • http://beancakes.wordpress.com/ kristina @ beancakes

    hi kristina! just thought that i’d introduce myself because we have the same name! i love your blog! i esp. like the title ;)

  • http://www.teachtraveltaste.com Lindsay

    Here’s to the beautiful short gals! (I am barely 5’1″ and proud of it!) Even though my own blog is related to travel and not necessarily fashion, I can’t stop myself from reading your blog, I will probably even join your BDIB challenge. Kudos to you Kristina!

  • ami

    hey kristina
    am a fan cuz we had the same test of fashion so just enjoying your blog.

  • http://www.blahblahbecky.co.uk Becky @ Blah Blah Becky

    I can’t say for certain as it’s a while ago now but I’m 99.9% sure that the first reader survey comment you’ve listed was me! (:

    (And if it wasn’t, I agree!)

  • http://cronicasdemiarmario.wordpress.com/ Crónicas de mi armario
  • http://www.pellasunique.blogspot.com Pella

    So happy to have found this page! Looks great and I love your about me!

  • Kirsten

    Hi Kristina, My name is Kirsten. I stumbled upon your blog through Pinterest a few weeks ago and have been following you ever since! You are so inspiring Kristina :) It’s amazing what incredible things God can make out of some of the most difficult experiences in our lives. I really enjoy everything about your blog, your fashion, etc! And it is so cool that you are going to be a Dr. next May. Good for you! I’m in graduate school right now while working full-time (also graduate in May! Woohoo!) and this is one of the busiest, hardest, most stressful times in my life. But being able to escape from the studying, work, and drama in life to this blog, pinterest, etc makes it so much more bearable! Thanks so much for starting this blog and for being such a special gift from God! I’m sure your brother would be proud of you.

  • jessica

    Hey Kristina, I wanted to know what kind of a doctor you wanted to be? I’m currently in college to become a doctor as well….

  • http://designofawoman.blogspot.com Koryne

    I just discovered Sam Edelman recently and feel soooo behind on my fashion knowledge but am happy I fell upon this site. Also, congrats future MD! ; – )

  • Jamie

    I really like the updated personal “who am I” blurb on the opening page as well as the updated “About Me” section. Just wanted to tell ya!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      Thank you very much, Jamie!

  • http://spygirl-amb.blogspot.com/ anne

    I just watched the glitter video. So sweet!
    When I worked on Barbie at Mattel, we were always slathering glitter all over everything. I would find it in the oddest places, like my car. I called it “the kiss of Barbie”

  • http://www.runwaychef.com Alyssa

    Came across your blog via Kendi Everyday & I absolutely love it! Will be adding it to my daily reads for sure :)

  • PeggyW

    Congratulations on your graduation!!!

  • http://sanuja.com Sam

    Keep up the good job on the site. I am student too… All the time people ask me; how could you go to university and run a website. LOL I guess most people don’t understand online hobbies.

    Anyway, you have lots of interesting fashion information here.While I am not in to fashion, I think it is a great that the site is maintain by a busy student. :)

  • http://www.foreverfika.com Carrie

    Hi! Just found your blog and wanted to tell you that you are an inspiration to me. There aren’t many doctor/fashion bloggers out there (that I’ve come across, anyway). I’m in school to be a doctor now and started blogging as a way to escape some of the stress that a full course load entails. I didn’t know if fashion blogging was appropriate for a doctor to do and felt guilty (silly, I know!) for taking time away from my studies to focus on something so seemingly trivial. But it makes me happy. And reading your blog shows me that it’s possible to succeed at more than one passion. So thank you! I’m glad I found Pretty Shiny Sparkly! :)

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      Aw, thank you so much Carrie. xx

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  • http://theredpencilbox.wordpress.com/ S.B.

    I’m about to start medical school at Baylor College of Medicine this year, and I am so happy I stumbled upon this blog!! Proof that a career in medicine doesn’t mean you have to become a slave to your career :)

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      Wonderful, I graduated from the school across the street! ;-)

  • saadia

    I am a dr too a psychiatrist to be precise.Thinking of starting a blog too love your’s !

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      Thank you Saadia! Make the leap – it’s so worth it if you are really passionate about it :)

  • http://ordinaryfashionista.wordpress.com/ Tamara

    I am really happy that I discovered your blog! I’m a doctor(optometrist) who blogs about fashion/beauty as well(not nearly as well as you do though!). It’s so awesome to know I’m not the only one out there!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      That’s fabulous! Our kind are slowly but surely coming out of the woodwork! :)

  • http://theglossarie.com lara / the glossarie.

    hi christina – thank you *so* much for including the glossarie in your links list. i am really touched + could not be more thrilled (since i basically consider you blogging royalty :))! xo

    • http://theglossarie.com lara / the glossarie.

      ahh! kristina with a “k” – fail! (my baby sis is with a “ch” – force of habit, so sorry!)

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      Anytime Lara! I really enjoy browsing your blog and catching up on the latest beauty loveliness! :)

  • Holly

    Hello Kristina,
    I first read of your tragic loss in “The Quill” Magazine. Yes, I am also an Alpha Xi alumni (Indiana Univ. of PA, Delta Nu). I was humbled by your resilience and humility, and how you turned your grief into something so fulfilling. I cannot say that I have ever been in your shoes, but I do happen to have a special needs child for whom I carry a lot of worry in my heart. My son Jacob has Asperger’s and suffers from anxiety, and he struggles in most social situations. Not to brag, but he is beyond intelligent and such a kind soul! But at fourteen, an age when most kids are in their “social prime,” he really has no true friends, and he seems to isolate himself in school. I often fear that he may wonder down a similar path of that of your brother, only because he may feel that he doesn’t have anyone to turn to. Much like your mother, I have tried the counseling and social skills groups, amongst other resources, but it is becoming more difficult during these teenage years. If you have any suggestions or ideas, they are quite welcome. I am so sorry for your loss, and I hope you continue to heal through your website. You seem to be a remarkable person, and I’m sure your brother is smiling down on you from Heaven! Thank you for touching the lives of others!
    Xi love, Holly

  • http://velvetandvino.wordpress.com/ Becky

    Adorable, I love your blog and love how your personality shines through!

  • Sayani

    I love your blog! I’m a medical student in the UK… but looking for some way to get into journalism and fashion, a little bit backwards I know! But love love love that you do this, gives me hope! xx

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      Keep pressing on!!! :)

  • Marina

    New to your blog- a fellow Alpha Xi (from California….TFJ!)…dog owner, and nail polish obsessed! 5’1″…so I’m glad to know I’m in good company, and as a therapist who works at a non-profit and in schools, I’m used to pushing the ‘fashion’ boundaries- that’s for your blog!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™


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  • Alex of Bronzed Sundaze

    Hi Kristina! I’m so happy I found your blog. I’ve just been accepted to medical school and will start in a few weeks. I love blogging and am so happy to know there are physicians out there that do this too!

    XO Alex

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Pretty Shiny Sparkly™

      Congratulations on your acceptance, that is awesome! Best of luck to you!

  • Bulkmarketplaza

    hii kristina ! i too love to apply nail polish….

  • Ltucker619

    Just found your blog through you tube videos! Can’t wait to explore! Tears about your brother, so sorry.

  • Ruth Martin

    Hi Kristina
    My name is Ruth and I am one of the co-founders of a new social network website that is going to be launched on the 9th February called Outfit Hive. Go to outfithive.com
    I am getting in touch with you as I saw your blog whilst searching on the internet. Our website is going to be a website where you can upload your style and browse other peoples too. You will be able to connect with people all over the world and search for outfit inspiration from people who are your own size and who share similar tastes.
    We are looking for people to join the website prior to the launch date by filling in a few details and sending over some photos for their profile.
    If you are interested please get in touch as soon as possible…as it will be on a first come basis.
    We have a facebook page that has just been set up-so if you go to it you will be able to read more there.
    OH! Director

  • http://lippylash.blogspot.com lippylash

    I looked about 10 min to find the follow button (just a tip, make it mare noticeable and you will have more followers! (I have way less followers so this is totally no critique but just because your blog is amazing I think it would be a shame people missing out on it because of not finding the follow button ;))

  • http://www.fashion-glitter.com/ Norilyn Sabdulla


    Im a fashion blogger as well, basically telling stories of student fashion shows and upcoming talents and fashion designers.

    It feels great to come across one who is a fashion blogger as well, I am new to this and it is inspiring to see your blog.

    i didn’t know doctors can be a fashionista as well, when you said you were a resident physician, I was like wow! really… usually they’re too serious and occupied and have no time for fashion, more so care about their nail polish..

    you’re really great Kristina, keep feeding us more on your blog..

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  • Claire bear

    Loving your style, lady; your “About” section
    (English tea, PJ tips yo’ made me laugh, as I’m Brit born)
    and your beauty tips are rockin’

    Fair play.
    Irish dwelling beauty and cosmetics – aholic

  • Dara678

    Hi Kristina, I stumbled across your blog while looking for reviews on the Chanel classic flap. I have to say that I am SUPER IMPRESSED by the quality of your blog, your reviews, and your aesthetic! I’m even more impressed that you have time to do this as a physician. I am a physician as well and am so tired sometimes (with a wild toddler in tow) to even brush my teeth. How do you manage your time so well? I need some tips!

  • http://www.anicerchoice.com/ Joanne

    I’ve only recently discovered your blog and I love it! Who doesn’t love a little sparkle?

    P.S. If you love British tea, you should try the brand Yorkshire Tea (and I’m not just saying that because I’m from Yorkshire!)

  • Emily Ameel

    I just came across your blog! You are so very inspiring! My utmost goal is to become a physician, and I also love fashion/beauty!

  • http://www.visceralmaze.blogspot.com/ Anu

    Hi Kristina, I found your blog from another fashion blogger franish. I am MD/PhD student and blogger (sort of it is my way of procrastinating) and so excited to find med-blogger people. Love your youtube videos too. I tried a youtube a couple of years ago and sort of gave up on it because I always needed to film during night then lighting and such required more money and I am too poor right now lol. Anyways I am so excited to watch your videos and follow your blog.

  • Jasmine

    I came across your blog from Elle Fowler when she was talking about your review on a day planner. I am so glad I did. You are absolutely fabulous!! And as a fellow resident physician (but in pediatrics in Texas) I further respect how you are able to do this and still take call/manage a crazy MD schedule. More power to you. I have definitely shared your blog with my coresidents so know that you have several new resident followers from Texas!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Kristina Braly

      Aren’t you the sweetest!! Thank you! Where in Texas? I’m based in Houston.

  • Lucia

    Ah yay, I’m so glad that I found your blog! I’m hopefully going to medical school in september if i make my offer, and I was wondering whether I would still be able to run my fashion blog or not. But this has made me feel much better about it! Have you found that it’s impacted your job at all? x

  • Charnelle

    I am an aspiring medical student in my “gap year” and stumbled upon your blog about “how to start a fashion blog.” It’s fate I tell ya. I wanted to search for a creative outlet to express myself, something different from science. I would always reward myself a shopping trip after a killer science exam. This is just the inspiration I needed.

  • Zee

    Hello Kristina, I watch all your YouTube videos and I love your review pretty much about everything. I like your style of reviewing fashion stuff. I simply love your monthly favorites Vids. .. I simply love love love watching your vids. Keep rocking girl. You doing the best. Love. Z

  • Deb

    Whoa! Just stumbled upon your blog from a pin. I read your brother’s story-what a loving sister you are. Much success to you-you are authentic and really give a fresh perspective on the perception that most blond/blue eyed girls are shallow-not you my dear! Keep smiling. Love your videos.

  • disqus_CNu4R1Jygt

    For some reason I am not able to read your story, it goes to a page that states a fatal error, whatever that means. But I’m just here to look around.

  • Parsa

    Hello Kristina,
    I LOVE what you are doing! I am a PGY2 resident doctor. Make up / fashion has always been my passion besides medicine and it makes me SO HAPPY to see that you can do BOTH. I’ve discussed with my husband and close friends about opening a make up / fashion inspired youtue channel but I am often scared that my work commitments will hold me from putting in 100% into that. But I don’t know how you do it (maybe I need to ditch IM and join anesthesiology), seriously. You are truly an inspiration…