Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé Is This Year’s Most Epic Couple’s Costume
I think we can all agree that one of the best days of our collective lives was when Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé dropped the “Feeling Myself” music video that they filmed at Coachella. With their epic hair, makeup and costume changes, my first thought when I watched the video was THIS HAS TO BE MY HALLOWEEN COSTUME. In this tutorial, Anj and I are channeling their fierceness into the best “couple’s” costume you’ll see this year.
Materials + Tools:
Nicki Minaj “Feeling Myself” Halloween Costume
– Sharpies and paint pens
The first step in becoming Nicki Minaj is to draw girly accessories onto the white leo. Pull up a picture of her actual leo for inspiration. Make sure you take it slow — break down each object into basic shapes instead of trying to draw the whole object at once.
Once you have covered the leo in all things girly, color in each object. Outline the shapes in black to make them really stand out.
Gold chains, a big diamond ring, high heels and a pink clutch – yes please! We might even wear this on a day that is not Halloween.
Materials + Tools:
Beyoncé “Feeling Myself” Halloween Costume
– Bulls jersey
– fabric scissors
– sewing pins
– sewing machine
We picked up a large sized jersey from a local shop here in San Francisco. It was the perfect length for me to turn into a leo but the sides were way to big. Turn the leo inside out and slip it onto your body. Pin the sides in to make it snug. Once pinned, sew down both sides.
Time to turn this jersey into a leotard. The key to this alteration is putting it on your body and altering after each step. To begin, slide the jersey on and mark where it hits your hips. Have someone help you draw lines where it will run across your upper thigh and around your butt cheeks. These lines should end about two inches from the end of the fabric. Then draw a two-inch line perpendicular to the hem of the jersey. This area will be the tab that will connect both ends of the leo together.
Match up the side seams and cut both sides at once. By matching up the side seams you will get an even diagonal on both sides.
Pin the edges of the leo and then sew to create a hem.
Attach no-sew velcro to the base of the leo.
Nicki and Bey say HEYYYYYYYYY!
To finish off this costume you will need huge faux fur coats, tons of gold jewelry and gold tattoos. Nicki is rockin’ amazingly large gold hoops, which we picked up at H&M, along with gold chokers that we stacked on top of each other. Beyoncé has a large gold flash tattoo around her thigh, huge triangle earrings, stacks on stacks of colorful bracelets and a long pendant necklace.
How to Do Nicki Minaj’s Hair: Throw your hair up into a high ponytail — the kind with no bumps, sprayed to the nines with a strong hold hairspray to keep the look in place and provide a high-shine finish. Wrap a strand of hair from the ponytail around the base of the ponytail to disguise the elastic. That’s it!
How to Do Beyoncé’s Hair: Simply add a few random waves to your hair, spray in some beach sea salt spray and scrunch your waves into a disheveled, unkempt ‘do. Playfully sexy as per usual.
How to Do Nicki Minaj’s makeup: Notice the major winged cat eye and smokey eye with a pop of light shadow on the eyelids. You can replicate Nicki’s shadow perfectly by going with a chunky winged eyeliner applied with liquid eyeliner, blended out into a smokey crease. Then add a pop of creme shadow on your eyelids. With Anj, we added a little pop of silver shadow to really take her look to a glamorous, playful level. Remember, ladies — there aren’t many rules when it comes to Halloween makeup, as long as you feel pretty!
How to Do Beyoncé’s Makeup: The trick here is to go really natural and soft. Her makeup is so light but still gives her a flawless finish. On your lips, go with a slightly orangey-red matte hue.
For a little more coverage, we added some red booty shorts underneath the bulls leo. Each look also has a pair of tights, because face it — that’s a lot of skin, so you might want tights. Don’t forget to grab a kiddie pool for a photo prop.
I was in my apartment in Boston getting ready to pack up and move to SF for six months. The next day I listened and watched her album on repeat for the whole six-hour flight.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com