16 Lip-Smacking Ways to Wear Lips
We have to admit, there are more ways to rock a red lip than we may have led you to believe. You can go bold, choose the shade that’s perfect for your skin tone, or ditch the lipstick all together! ‘Cause along with hearts, lips are the latest romantic graphic to become totally wearable. It’s a much bolder look to pull off—since we’re used to seeing hearts just about everywhere, lips can seem a little cartoon-y at first. But we say embrace the playful print with these 16 lip-smacking good looks, especially during this time of year!
1. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel T-Shirt With Stripe Lip Emblem ($195): If your t-shirt knows how to rock a red lip right, then surely you should too!
2. Tatty Devine Avant GArde Robot Lips Necklace ($30): We love the graphic pop of this acrylic lips pendant. Do your lips up the same way to make a statement.
3. The Leather Atelier Eyes Lips Hearts Zip-Pouch ($149): In the highest of high fashion circles, eye and lip graphics are the best of friends. All we can think is that this coin purse looks like it could join the cast of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
4. Dot Kiss Muscle Tee ($38): Thanks to Phillip Lim’s Lichtenstein-inspired Kapow! pieces, cartoon-y couture is popping up all over the place. This dotted muscle tee follows suit swimmingly.
5. Little Kiss Perfect Earrings ($11): We’re smitten with these gem encrusted lip earrings—they’d add a welcome touch of whimsey (and bling!) to your everyday getup.
6. Lulu Guinness Red Perspex Lips Clutch ($420): We have to admit, this lips-shaped clutch is pretty freaking rad. But if we had to choose between it and the classic red lips novelty phone (it looks just like it, right?), we’d hands down go with the latter. You’ll be equally happy and shocked to know that Best Buy sells the retro relic!
7. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Exclusive to Asos T-Shirt in Lips Print ($112): Who ever thought that lips would be the new stripes? It’s a super cute take on such a classic pattern. The preppy vibe is kept alive with the boat neck and three-quarter sleeves.
8. Material Girl Necklace Gold Tone Kiss My Lips Pendant Necklace ($7): This triple-tiered necklace rocks a refreshingly non-red lip that would look awesome paired with a black scoop neck. Only straightforward smoochers need apply!
9. Lulu Guinness Striped Foldaway Shopper Bag ($65): This Beetlejuice-striped shopper is secretly a two-in-one bag: if you don’t need all the space this tote has to offer, the large lips graphic unzips from the front and becomes a covetable clutch. Did that just blow your mind!?
10. Asos Curve Sweater With Elbow Lips Elbow Patch ($33): Lip-shaped elbow patches? What a cute way to stay cozy! Someone DIY this for us stat.
12. Betsy Johnson Status Lip Drop Earrings ($15): Every lady should have a pair of gold drop earrings at her disposal, so why not make yours lip shaped?
13. Sheer Kisses Socks ($8): These sheer socks are a must have if you’re going all out with a red hot look for Valentine’s Day. We love how they’re unapologetically paired with red pumps.
14. Lips & Hearts Cotton Fleece Sweatshirt ($540): You guys wouldn’t believe how hot lips graphics are taking over the world of high fashion—big names like Saint Laurent, Alice + Olivia, and even Stella McCartney are lip locked, as you can see from this designer sweatshirt. If we had a sweatshirt savings account, you better believe we’d be adding this stunner to our cart.
15. Lulu Guinness Lip Blot Coin Purse ($116): This might be our favorite lipsmacked item on this roundup: the blotted lips graphic provides the most perfectly simple pop on this small black coin purse. Obsessed.
16. Markus Lupfur Stripe Sequin Lara Lips Sweatshirt ($467): No we’re not just huge Rocky Horror fans, we’re just suckers for sequined sweatshirts. I actually have a similar shimmering sweatshirt, so naturally we’re way into this punchy piece.
What lip looks are you ogling? Are there any other graphics you’re drawn to this holiday? Tell us in the comments below.
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