By Sarah Kinonen
Updated May 04, 2015 01:00 PM
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When we’re not fangirling over Shay Mitchell on Pretty Little Liars, we’re probably talking about her spot-on style or her perfect hair or her amazing complexion. So it’s no surprise that the 28-year-old star nabbed a spot on PEOPLE’s 2015 Most Beautiful list, an honor that her family is still celebrating.


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Mitchell was chosen as “The TV Sweetheart” for this year’s issue, and she’s still in awe of her new title.

“When I found out I was in PEOPLE’s — it sounds so weird — Most Beautiful issue, I was very shocked,” she told PEOPLE. “My parents have always had a subscription to PEOPLE, so being inside of that issue was very surreal. My grandma was very excited to add that to her scrapbook!”

Another thing the star’s grandmother can add to her Shay scrapbook? A chic pair of sunglasses. Earlier this year, Mitchell launched a collection of colorful, oversize shades with Quay Australia. And according to the star, the collection is just the beginning of her relationship with the brand.

“I am really excited about my line with Quay sunnies — it is such a fun collaboration, I get to design my own sunglasses and I am the biggest fan,” she said. “I have way too many in my closet, but we do have a new summer range that’s going to be coming out that I’m really excited for all the fans to see. And I do have some other exciting news in the collaboration world that you will all find out about very soon.”

Speaking of collaborations, Mitchell has teamed up with Palm Breeze (the sparkling alcoholic spritz drink) just in time for the summer months.

“My partnership with Palm Breeze was very organic; [Palm Breeze] brings back such fond memories of me hanging out with my girlfriends, being on a boat, being at a barbecue,” she said. “Wherever we are, we’re always having a good time. It’s all about who you’re surrounded with, and some good music.”

So how else will the busy star be spending her summer? By staying active and keeping her body bikini-ready. “Living in L.A., I’m very fortunate to be able to work out outside,” she said. “I love hiking, I love taking my dogs for walks, I love riding bikes from Santa Monica to Venice, and just being outside as often as I can, it makes working out a lot easier.”

But even though she’s constantly fitting in workouts as often as she can (she’s got the videos on Snapchat to prove it!), she still loves to indulge every now and then. “My favorite junk food … how long do we have here? I love chips, I love carbs and basically that’s what it is,” she said. “If I could choose between salty or sweet it always comes down to salty. Hand me a bag of potato chips and a pizza, pasta, I’m really good to go. I’m a big carb fan.”

What do you think of Shay’s latest partnerships? Did you see her in the PEOPLE Most Beautiful issue? Share below!

–Sarah Kinonen

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