This could be the dress of the year!! Â It's called the Bicolour Octavia dress by designer Stella McCartney! Â It's all the rage with celebrities , and they have all been wearing it on the red carpet. Â If you would like one for yourself, they are sold out on Stella McCartney's website, but they are expecting more in about 3 weeks. Â One more thing, this lovely dress with set you back about $1600, but you will look fabulous!! Â Read more about it here!
ERCOT (The Electric Reliability Council of Texas) has issued a power "watch" for the state today due to more record breaking temperatures.Â The peak time to conserve energy is between 3pm and 7pm this evening.Â
Here are some tips to help you conserve energy this afternoon and evening:
Limit electricity usage to only that consumption which is absolutely necessary. Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, pool pump, or other home appliances between the hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
Close blinds and drapes on windows that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 80 degrees, and use fans to circulate the air.
Use microwaves or outdoor grills for cooking to avoid heating the home.
Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
The high yesterday in Dallas was 99. Houston saw 96 degrees; Austin saw 99 degrees.
I shed a lot of tears yesterday during Oprah's last show, did you?Â I will really miss her , but she left all of us some of the best advice ever on how to live our "Best Lives"!Â Â I've listed some of my favorites below.Â Thank you Miss O!!âBe more of yourself.â âWe are all called. Everyone has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it.ââThat is what a calling is. It lights you up and lets you know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be, doing exactly what youâre supposed to be doing. And that is what I want for all of you.ââLive from the heart of yourself.ââYou have to make a living, I understand that, but you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.ââStart embracing the life that is calling you and use your life to serve the world.ââNobody but you is responsible for your life.ââDonât wait for somebody else to fix you, to save you or to complete you.ââWe often block our own blessings because we donât believe we are inherently good enough or smart enough or pretty enough or worthy enough.â
âYou are worthy because you are born and because you are here. Your being here, your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough.ââEverybody wants to be validated.ââBe still and know it.ââWait and listen for the guidance that is greater than my meager mind.Â The only time I have ever made mistakes was when I didnât listen.ââWhat are the whispers in your life? Your life is speaking to you. What is it saying?ââYour life is always speaking to you.â
Birchbox is a new and fun way to try beauty products before you buy them!! Â They carry so many wonderful brands and you pay only $10 a month and get fabulous large samples!! Â You can collect points and use them toward the purchase of your favorite products too!! Â Check out my appearance on "Good Day Austin" with Keri Bellacosa Â below. Â You can become a member of Birchbox and check out their website here!
Reality TV shows are quite the rage these days. Even our City of Austin is getting into the game, and it's all for a good cause.
The city has launched a program called Dare to Go Zero. Four local families have accepted a five-week challenge to reduce the amount of trash they generate, and will document their progress on camera. Each family is competing for a chance to win a sustainable home improvement package worth over $2000!
Dare to Go Zero airs Friday nights, 7 Pm, on Austin's local Government Access Channel 6, as well as on YouTube.
For more information about the Dare to Go Zero project, visit
I love Earth Day!! It is a wonderful reminder to do more for this awesome planet we live on! Our company Entercom has been wonderful in embracing the Earth 24/7, it's one of the many reasons I love working for them!! Check out our 1 Thing Austin website for great Earth Day information all year long! Check out my apprearance on Good Day Austin with the lovely Keri Bellacosa this morning too!! We had a lot of fun as always talking about Earth Day!! Find the cute Chico Bag I'm talking about with Keri, here! Enjoy!!
It's been said there's an app for everything, and I'm beginning to believe it.
I downloaded an app recently called the LookTel Money Reader. It takes a picture of a dollar bill using the phone's camera, recognizes the bill's denomination utilizing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) , and says it aloud.
Being visually impaired, this has vastly improved my ability to count and sort money independently. The app cost $1.99, and it's been money well spent.
For now, LookTel only recognizes U.S. currency, and it doesn't detect counterfeit bills, but they are working on updates to make that happen.
Check out my video of a review an demonstration of the LookTel Money Reader, and visit
for more information.
For many years, scientists have cited many reasons to not drink much coffee: it causes cancer, it's addicting, it's bad for your heart, etc.
Not surprisingly, more recent studies have begun to reverse those myths, and are coming up with reasons why we SHOULD drink coffee. Alex and Terri mentioned some benefits this week on Majic In the Morning, including weight loss among women.
I happened to come across an article in USA Today that touts another excuse to have a cup o' joe: it reduces the risk of stroke, particularly among women. Read the article here: