DIY This Epic Gilmore Girls Group Costume for (Stars) Hallow-een
A true Gilmore Girls fan knows that Thanksgiving 2016 is extra, extra special for one reason: Gilmore Girls Revival! Rory and Lorelai Gilmore are arguably two of the coolest TV characters in history. I admittedly was a little late to the Gilly train — I started watching the show last year when it came out on Netflix. But from episode one, I was hooked. Suddenly I wanted to eat Pop-Tarts all day and talk really fast and drop pop culture references every other sentence.
Let’s get to it!
First up are the Gilmore Girls themselves: Rory and Lorelai! Throughout the season, their fashion sense is pretty out there — some for better, some for worse. It was hard to choose which outfit to do, but in the end, I decided to do Rory’s Chilton uniform and a classic ’90s Lorelai get-up.
For Rory’s Chilton outfit, I bought a Woman’s School Uniform Blue Plaid Skirt ($15) from Amazon, a Cat and Jack Boy’s Dress Shirt ($15) from Target and Forever 21 Ribbed Over-the-Knee Socks ($7). Paige, our Brand Partnership Planner, brought her own black flats.
I bought an Olympia Princeton Backpack ($23) for Rory’s classic yellow backpack. To finish off the outfit, I cut a strip of black felt with points at each end and wrapped it around Paige’s neck.
“Who cares if I’m pretty if I fail my finals?”
To nail Lorelai’s ’90s look, I bought an MBJ Turtleneck Pullover ($20) and an MBJ Pencil Skirt ($18) from Amazon. I bought a pair of Jessica Simpson Finnegan Boots ($36), which scream Lorelai Gilmore.
“Go back in your pajamas, go to bed, eat nothing but gallons of ice cream and tons of pizza.” Well said, Lorelai.
Meet the Gilmores and their best friend, coffee.
Which team are you on?
This may be controversial, but I’m Team Dean. Let me clarify, I’m Team Dean Round 1, not so much Dean Round 2.
Dean always had a casual, small-town boy look. I found each piece of the costume (the cargo pants, the beaten up shoes, the green polo and the gray long sleeve shirt) from a thrift store.
Meet Dean: Rory’s first boyfriend. He’s sensitive, kind and helps the Gilmores change their water jug.
Even though I love Dean in Season 1, the chemistry between Rory and Jess is undeniable. Jess’ costume was really easy to put together. I bought a Wantdo Men’s Pu Leather Jacket ($59) from Amazon — Josh brought his own jeans, white shirt, black shoes and smirky grin.
Meet Jess: He’s broody and has a smart mouth. He loves reading and Rory.
Logan is the fanciest of Rory’s boyfriends, and he has a real affinity for wearing sweaters. I bought Logan’s sweater from a thrift store and Paige’s fiance Jon brought his own pants and shoes.
Chilton Rory, meet your future boyfriend, Logan.
Meet Logan: He loves to rebel against the Huntzberger family name. He’s Emily and Richard Gilmore’s favorite boyfriend but Lorelai’s least favorite. He bought Rory a Birkin Bag.
Which boyfriend will Rory choose in the revival?
The gang’s all here!
Just a couple of Gilmore girls snacking on some Pop-Tarts.
DIY Production + Styling: Irene Lee
Hair + Makeup: Misty Spinney
Photography: Kurt Andre
Modeling: Paige Sager, Emelyn Baker, Jon Weber, Trevor Tillman, Josh Hadley
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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