14 French Girl Hair Icons That We Are Obsessed With This Bastille Day
There’s just something so irresistible about French-girl style. Honestly, how do they do it? They manage to always be super stylish, but never overtly trendy. Their look is somehow both polished and casual — all at the same time. This Bastille Day, inject some Parisian flair into your tresses by learning a few lessons from the greats. That’s right: We’re talkin’ French-girl hair icons. Whether you’re all about that ’60s glam or looking to master beachy waves, scroll on and find inspo from our fave iconic French babes.
1. Vanessa Paradis: Johnny Depp, eat your heart out! Actress/model Vanessa Paradis perfects that “I woke up like this” appeal with her lazy-gal waves. Unlike the standard beachy style, Vanessa adds a French twist (of course) to the look with soft, face-framing ridges. (Photo via Ian Gavan/Getty)
2. Josephine Baker: Thinking of moving to France? Take your cue from Josephine Baker and turn Paris upside down with some killer style. While many ladies of her generation were all about those razor sharp blunt cuts and bobs, Baker pioneered the head-hugging curl for the original #shorthairgoals. (Photo via General Photographic Agency/Getty)
3. Jeanne Damas: Leave it to the ultimate French It-girl, Jeanne Damas, to have us coveting her effortless hair. Damas’ beautiful ‘do proves that all you need to rock a stunning hairstyle is a great cut (check out those wispy bangs) and *tons* of attitude. (Photo via Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)
4. Audrey Tautou: In case you haven’t heard, Audrey Tautou is pretty much the modern-day equivalent of Audrey Hepburn. With her big doe eyes and baby bangs, Audrey gives off that It-girl-next-door appeal. (Photo via Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)
5. Francoise Hardy: Before there was Jeanne Damas, there was Francoise Hardy. This adorable snap of the ’60s French icon, with her messy bangs and slightly feathered hair, proves this sweet cut has been a go-to French gal look for decades. (Photo via Victor Blackman/Getty)
6. Clemence Poesy: Leave it to French girls to *always* be cutting edge. It looks like the desert rose hairstyle might not have originated stateside, after all. Clemence Poesy was seen rocking this warm red shade all the way back in February. (Photo via Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Burberry)
7. Catherine Deneuve: Did Ariana Grande get her hair inspo from this French fashion and beauty icon? Catherine flaunted some gorgeous volume back in the day with her high, half updo that is giving us all the retro vibes. (Photo via Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty)
8. Melanie Laurent: The less is more mantra is key when it comes to sporting some covetable French style. Melanie Laurent stuns on the red carpet with her classic updo. Just remember to leave some face-framing strands free and flowing for that soft romantic look. (Photo via Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)
9. Coco Chanel: Is it just us, or did Coco pretty much invent the concept of personal style? The queen of fashion was seen here wearing a beautifully adorned hat to top off her too-cute matching skirt suit. (Photo via Evening Standard/Getty)
10. Marion Cotillard: Marion Cotillard is the epitome of French sophistication. The Oscar-winning star wore a ’20s-inspired hairstyle to show us that French style never fades ;) (Photo via Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)
11. Eva Green: Old Hollywood glamor is alive and well when it comes to this sultry starlet. Eva Green took this classic curl to the next level by sweeping her lush locks off to one side. (Photo via Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Campari)
12. Lea Seydoux: Take a simple yet Insta-worthy approach to beauty with a messy ‘do paired with a bright red lip. Lea’s laid-back hairstyle is essential for giving off those light and bohemian vibes. (Photo via Luca Teuchmann/Getty)
13. Brigitte Bardot: We’d be remiss not to include the one and only Brigitte Bardot. The ’60s style icon exudes French mystique with her on-point cat eye and larger than life coif. To this day, she’s still got us swooning over her flawlessly beehived ‘do. (Photo via Keystone/Getty)
14. Sonia Rykiel: What more can we expect from the woman who brought the rainbow stripe to high fashion, than a fabulously quirky hairstyle that is the epitome of eclectic chic? Rykiel is a perfect example of how, sometimes, #frenchhairdontcare. (Photo via Pascal Le Segratain/Getty)
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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