Exclusive: Lauren Conrad Shares What to Wear to Every Spring Event
We’ve always dreamed of having our fave celebs be our stylists, especially when we’re getting ready for a major event. Seriously, who better than a star to help you tackle those moments where cameras will be flashing and what we wear will go down in Internet infamy? So we nabbed one of our style/beauty/DIY/everything idols, Lauren Conrad, for advice on what to wear to every important spring occasion.
As expected, her recs are breezy, feminine and surprisingly practical, just like her own personal style. Scroll down for LC’s exclusive tips for dressing up for your bestie’s baby showers to brunch with mom and more, plus three shoppable ways to wear each look.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH
“Stick to a more modest option. Especially if Grandma is joining you.” Try:
1. COS Round-Shoulder Dress ($125): Looking for something chic and full-coverage? Smock dresses are your go-to. This one comes in a lovely watercolor print that everyone — not just your mom — is sure to compliment.
2. Mango Drawstring Waist Dress ($60): This 3/4-sleeved frock ensures a flattering silhouette with its drawstring waist. The flowy fabric gives the dress an ultra airy vibe that helps you feel like you’re not too covered up, though its definitely a no-cardi-required piece.
3. GAP Chambray Boatneck Dress ($70): The boatneck neckline keeps this chambray dress from feeling too casual — a colorful statement necklace and heeled sandals will take it to brunch-worthy levels just like that.
“Avoid black if possible. Definitely avoid white. Maxis are always a safe bet.” Try:
4. The Reformation Citronella Dress ($218): Besides being one of those maxis that’s totally sexy in a subtle way (less of a power walk should flash only some leg as you walk down the aisle to your seat), the royal blue hue of this silky frock makes this a go-to for any season.
5. Paper Crown Dahlia Maxi Dress ($268): Just because you’re not the one getting married doesn’t mean you can’t still carry a bouquet! Wear your flowers on your dress with this elegant maxi from LC’s own Paper Crown clothing ine.
6. Jarlo Delilah Maxi Dress With Ruched Bodice and Lace Inserts ($163): Sheer has never looked so sophisticated as lace panels that compliment a perfectly ruched bodice. Oh, and the lush color is to die for too.
FOR A PARTY YOU’RE HOSTING
“Wear comfortable shoes. You are already rushing around making sure everything is running smoothly. Don’t make it any more difficult on yourself.” Try:
7. Selected Evita Metallic Rose Gold Leather Espadrille Flat Sandals ($95): Espadrilles are shaping up to be the shoe of the season, and thanks to its slightly thicker sole, they’re a great way to get some extra support. In metallic rose gold, that’s hard to beat.
8. Swedish Hasbeens Fredrica in Pearl Combo ($295): Support the natural curve of your foot with these hand-crafted clogs that boast a particularly sweet (and perfect for spring) color pattern (matching pedi, anyone?).
9. F-Troupe Bow Brogue Oxford ($198): Durable yet dressy brogues just got the cutest makeover ever with this contrast bow. Be sure to slip on your best pair of sheer patterned socks with these flats.
“Take advantage of events like showers and break out your ultra-feminine pieces.” Try:
10. ASOS Salon Applique Petal Lace Skater Dress ($135): Covered in floral appliques — you can’t get more feminine-feeling than that, especially when styled with a romantically tousled updo.
11. Zara Layered Dress ($100): There are non-cheesy ways to wear ruffles, and this one — a single, ’70s-feeling overlay — happens to also include a cape to cut the frill factor even more. Turn up the drama with lace-up sandals or tame it with block heels.
12. Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Medallion Fit Flare Dress ($79): The combination of this curvy silhouette, delicate lace and soft pastel hue make this dress a girly girl dream. Keep the look ultra elegant with black kitten heels.
What are your go-to styles for your biggest spring events? Tell us how you choose your outfits for each occasion in the comments below.
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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