The Time to Plan Next Year's Halloween Costume Is Now

Friday, November 3 2017

The Time to Plan Next Year's Halloween Costume Is Now Virginia K. Smith, 02.16 AM IST Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Linkedin Reddit GIF
When we rounded up our staff's Weekly Upgrades last Friday, our editors were simplifying long-distance correspondence, exercising more, and tracking our habits and caloric intakes.
This week, we're bringing plant life into our workspaces, kicking long-term habits, and strategizing on how we can kill it with our Halloween costumes next year.
What upgrades did you make this week? Let us know in the comments. Be your own Halloween doppelganger I learned the trick to a last-minute Halloween costume: If you've ever thought, heard, or read an Instagram comment that points out some celebrity you look like, dress up as them. Especially if you noticed the resemblance thanks to a specific outfit. The night before Halloween, I was stuck without a costume. But in my summer hat, a jacket, a scarf, and a bandage on my ear, I became Van Gogh. Since I already have his beardy ginger face, it was easy for people to make the connection. nick douglas, staff writer Get a new, improved, and cheaper beauty routine I got a better brow product- it's just the Ulta brow tint. It's super pigmented, and only $10. I like it more than the Benefit stuff I was using. I also started using lip liner whenever I wear lipstick. It is a game changer. Can't believe it took me until 31 to realize how important lip liner is. claire lower, food & beverage editor Surround yourself with greenery I'm surrounded by more processors than plant life. I decided to rectify this with some low-maintenance plants. I purchased not one, but two succulents (one for home, one for work). Sure, they're not going to revitalize my environment or hook me up with tons of oxygen, but the addition of a little greenery does force me to acknowledge the presence of a world filled with trees, leaves, and actual nature, as opposed to the verdant, virtual grasslands found in my latest obsession, Breath of the Wild . patrick austin, staff writer Don't gotta have that java I am loathe to publicize this, but my upgrade this week is giving up coffee. I don't have a particularly out-of-hand caffeine addiction-I was drinking probably 2-3 cups per day, tops-but in my ongoing efforts to improve my acid reflux, I very reluctantly decided that it was time to take a break. For the last several days I've been drinking green tea (UGH) in the morning, and it does seem to help. I've been a regular coffee drinker since maybe seventh grade, so this is a pretty radical change for me. We'll see how things go. virginia k. smith, managing editor Separate your browsers to stay organized This one is just a little trick with Chrome tabs. I'm one of those 99-open-tabs kind of people, and I've always got Slack in a pinned tab on the left side. If I'm trying to work head-down on a writing project, it's usually in Google docs, so I can still see that Slack tab light up. Some people fullscreen their browser so they don't see the tabs, but I need them for research: maybe I have interview notes in one tab, reference materials in another, and I keep popping open new ones to google specific points. Here's the "duh" solution: control-click just the tabs you're working on, and you can drag to open them in a new window dedicated to that project. beth skwarecki, health editor Use your plane ride to catch up on your viewing I am perpetually behind on movies, but on a plane ride this week, I watched two that were really wonderful: The Big Sick and Lion . If you haven't seen them, The Big Sick is a quirky modern rom-com based on a real love story, and Lion is about a lost boy in India, also based on a true story. I highly recommend both films, and also plane rides for catching up on all the media you've missed. michelle woo, parenting editor