Well hello! Fancy meetin’ you here. I’m sorry for missing out on your company the last week, I’ve been detained by a nasty case of bronchitis (probably thanks to the croup kid who coughed in my face two weeks ago) and I started my last and possibly most grueling rotation of third year medical school: General Surgery. My typical day goes something like this:

Wake up at 4am, drag self out of bed, brush teeth, slick back hair into ponytail, pull on scrubs, walk in coma out the door to car, somehow make it to the hospital at 4:30, begin long grueling day of taking care of patients and scrubbing in on surgeries which usually last 4 or more hours. At around 6:30pm, am dismissed after 14 hours in the hospital, go home, stuff food in face, take shower, fall into bed at 8pm with wet hair, and do everything all over again the next day.

Notice that nowhere in the above routine did I mention any time for blogging. Eep! It looks like the month of May is going to take its toll on PSS, but like all things it will eventually come to an end. In the meantime, I’m taking this moment of post-call bliss to write to you about one of the cheapest things you can do to stylize yourself: ACCESSORIZE, ACCESSORIZE, ACCESSORIZE! Woo!

Nail Polish

One of my favorite things to accessorize with is nail polish. I’ve been painting my nails for longer than I can remember: certainly before I even dabbled with makeup. Before Lipsmackers and mascara, came wacked out colors on my fingernails and toenails. You know that I’ve been obsessing with the chrome “liquid metal” effect look that was hot last spring (so I’m a year late. so what.). Nail polish brands run the gamut when it comes to prices, but most run about $1.99-6.50 at drugstores. My favorite brands are Essie, OPI, and Deborah Lippmann (whose eponymous nail polish line runs at a whopping $20 bucks a pop).

Yes I have the worst cuticles in the world. Please ignore.


Some days I just can’t drum up the energy to accessorize with jewelry. Let’s face it, if you don’t have a regular set of favorites, it can be a daunting task. But I’m trying to put that all behind me now, because one trend I’m loving right now is the s0-called stacking technique. Pile on loads and loads of bracelets, watches (yes, you can wear multiples on one wrist) and have fun with it. I love my Shashi bracelets that I got from Shop Bop for my birthday. I’m totally obsessed and wear them all the time. You’ll notice I’m not wearing any bangles – they’re usually too big for my tiny wrists and admittedly I hate the clanging sound that bangles make – it drives me nuts! My David Yurman cuffs  (seen here & many other outfit posts) are the only exception because they don’t make a sound and are perfect for smaller wrists.

Face Time

If you will, please excuse the up-close-and-personal shot that HB took and I subsequently chose not to include in my white out outfit. I did, however, include this shot here because a number of you raved in the comments about my makeup for this post, and it got me thinking. Makeup is such an essential part of my routine (between dressing up, piling on accessories, and painting my nails…sweet jeebus I am a girly girl!) that it is almost preposterous to not consider it a part of my personal style. I think makeup is a really fun thing to buy, even when you’re on a budget, because there are so many great products out there that do not cost more than $10 but will give you months and months of use…and happiness.

Makeup is a key part of the fashion equation, in my opinion, because it completes the polished, put-together look you are going for. It doesn’t have to “match” your outfit, but it should match you. At first I felt uncomfortable wearing this newly-purchased YSL Pur Rouge lipstick (#22 Pink Celebration) because I felt it was too pale. But after walking around with it on for a while before going out, blotting it a little with tissue paper, and getting a “wow, your makeup looks great!” from my brawny, man’s-man boyfriend, I knew I had myself a winner. And so it has become a new favorite, that which was once outside of my comfort zone has opened me up to exploring new looks and thus, updating my personal style.

It’s not just about the clothes!

So I hope you feel inspired to play with more than just the cloth in your closet the next time you want to feel stylish! And I hope you enjoyed this peek into my stream-of-consciousness when it comes to what makes my personal style…personal.

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  1. 05.09.2011 / 12:26 am

    Wow that is amazing you can even make it through ONE of those days much less multiples in a row! Good for you! And nail polish is my all time fave accessory 🙂 Love it. I've been meaning to layer up bracelets around my watch too, so thanks for the pretty reminder!

  2. 05.09.2011 / 12:48 am

    Good luck with your last rotation of medical school. For your grueling days you definitely look great!

    I am loving your lipstick. I am fair complected and am always worried about lip color. But you have inspired me to step out of the box!

  3. 05.09.2011 / 10:34 am

    Wow, you are extremely busy! I love to accessorize, it does add a nice touch to an outfit and I think pulls it all together. I rarely polish my hands but I would like to get more into it as the polish colors have really evolved and they are all so cute nowadays. Great Post.

  4. 05.09.2011 / 10:40 am

    Girl, I was just talking about you the other day and wondering how the hell you managed med school and all the blogging you do!

    You're a champ, and remember that everyone will still be here while you're getting through this rotation in school!'

    Also– that photograph of you is beautiful.

    • 05.09.2011 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you for like the best comment, EVER! You made me smile. 🙂 thanks for sticking around while I replace my blogging with sleeping this month! LOL!

  5. 05.09.2011 / 10:45 am

    Thanks for the inspiration! Yes, accessorizing is so key to putting together an outfit. Love how you stacked those bracelets (I'm not very good at that, so it's helpful to have an example).

    You're amazing for still throwing in a post when you're busy with med school! Hope you're feeling better and have a productive week!

    Claire @ spinning-threads.blogspot.com

  6. 05.09.2011 / 10:47 am

    What a week! I'm amazed you have the energy to blog at all! Love this post, you've inspired me to try new make up 🙂

  7. Lidi, Eclectic Flair
    05.09.2011 / 11:03 am

    Wishing you the best during this incredibly busy month for you! I have NO idea how you do it all! Thanks for the "accessory/make up" inspiration today!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

  8. Lynn Z.
    05.09.2011 / 11:28 am

    Welcome to general surgery! As I may have told you several times, I'm the clerkship coordinator here @ Monmouth Medical Center in the lovely Long Branch NJ – my 8 medical students (from SGU and Drexel) are also on their final rotation (Blocks 7 – 8) in surgery. I get in at 8am with a bun on my head sans makeup (I put my makeup on at work in the bathroom – if I did it at home I'd be late!) – which is considered sleeping in to my students! They all live across the street in the hospital apartments and are here by 4:30am as well.

    Don't worry, one day you'll get to sleep in…and all your 4am wake-ups will make it worthwhile!

    I bet you're the most stylish MSIII in Texas!


    • 05.09.2011 / 9:02 pm

      I do indeed remember Lynn! Boy this month is proving to be grueling…definitely reinforces my desire to become a Pediatrician. Whew!

  9. 05.09.2011 / 11:58 am

    Very good ideas… I'm traveling to the Middle East and France for a month starting next week and tips like this will help me my suitcase light while I can still manage to look chic 🙂


  10. 05.09.2011 / 1:19 pm

    I loved this post! Stacking bracelets is my current favorite was to "excessorize" second to a bright, bold lip color. I love the shashi bracelets – I may have to get some myself.

    Hope you feel better, love! Being sick like that is the absolute worst. Especially when you have big time responsibilities. Get some rest 🙂



    • 05.09.2011 / 9:02 pm

      You're so sweet Erika, thank you! 🙂

  11. 05.09.2011 / 6:06 pm

    Fantastic post! Love the idea of stacking because I really hate bangles too, but love the look of a heck of a lot of stuff piled on the wrist! And you're so right, makeup is a great way to freshen up your look on a tight budget

    • 05.09.2011 / 9:01 pm

      Even better than shashi for tight budgets: friendship bracelets! Just buy some embroidery thread (which is super cheap) and have a party with your girlfriends, each making each other at least one!

  12. 05.09.2011 / 7:10 pm

    I could not agree more! I'm all about the accessories and I've been admiring those bracelets ever since the handmade ones my mother's friend made for me have broken, one by one 🙁 I feel as though TRMG is going to take a hit this May as well. Super busy at work and I have bronchitis also. Feel better!

    • 05.09.2011 / 9:00 pm

      I told HB of your bronchosaurus comment you tweeted last week, and he smiled. 🙂

  13. 05.09.2011 / 7:25 pm

    And even with all of that, you still make time to blog! You go, girl 🙂
    Great post about style. It’s not just about fashion (clothes), it’s the whole look – everything that goes with it!

  14. 05.09.2011 / 7:43 pm

    Great post, Kristina!!

    And keep up the work with school!! SO awesome!! I hope you're feeling better, and we will all be right here waiting for you no matter what May looks like for your blog! You rock, lady!

    • 05.09.2011 / 9:00 pm

      Aww thanks Krystle, that means a lot 🙂

  15. 05.09.2011 / 8:42 pm

    I guess I can't complain anymore about my 5am wakeup on Monday's so that I can drive to Portland for my work week! But I'll take my one 5am day over your multiple 4am days any time. The only difference is that I have to actually be awake to drive the 2 hours :-/
    Good luck with this last rotation… only a year left after that, right?!

    • 05.09.2011 / 9:00 pm

      Well I don't really envy you either, Jess! LOL! I guess both our work schedules suck at the moment. 🙂
      Thanks girl, and yes, you're right, only one more year after June and I'm done! At least, until residency….

  16. 05.09.2011 / 10:11 pm

    I love that nail polish! I bought some Sally Hansen liquid chrome nail polish a few seasons back in a chrome rose. I cried when it was all gone, liquid chrome is such a cool look!
    I have an idea for the next Bloggers Do IT Better, why dont we do accessories in honor of this post.

  17. 05.10.2011 / 12:56 am

    I love the nails… gonna look into getting that polish! And the pale pink lipstick is PERFECT!

  18. 05.10.2011 / 8:24 am

    Love the stacking idea…I've been doing that alot lately too! Hope we still get to do BDIB challenges this month – let me know if you need someone to take it over while you're super-busy! 🙂 Glad you're feeling better!!

  19. 05.10.2011 / 5:06 pm

    Good luck with the rotation! We know quite a few Dr.’s and the rotation year[s] are always so tough! LOVE the “excessorizing” and tip on the DY bangles!

  20. 05.23.2011 / 12:16 am

    I love the font you used for "style beyond clothes" – so lovely!



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