The Top 10 Petite Fashion Bloggers to Follow
There’s no question we’re crazy for outfit inspiration — we look for it everywhere on the web. And so there’s nothing more disappointing than falling in love with a garment online only to discover it’s not made to suit your body type. Luckily, with just a little search savvy, you can minimize your style #fails by following a fashion blogger who has a similar body type. Here, we’re shouting out our favorite petite fashion bloggers, each with their own amazing sense of style sure to vibe with any fellow shortie’s aesthetic. Short women of the web, rejoice: these ladies are here for endless outfit inspiration that’s just your size.
1. Hello, Framboise!: On this deliciously titled style blog, this blogger shares the highs and lows of dressing her four-foot-eleven-inch frame. Her weekend style is chic and eclectic, and most of the outfits she shares are great for the office.
2. Wendy’s Lookbook: Wendy’s look is always on-trend but totally accessible, making her a standout for many fashion blog readers. Scroll through her outfits and you’ll find one-of-a-kind designer pieces (swoon!) worn right alongside clothes you can easily find at your favorite retailer (score!).
3. Alterations Needed: Petite girls have a lot to learn from this blogger. Like the name suggests, this blogger shares her petite frame tips with the rest of the world through the site, where she reveals jaw-dropping before-and-after shots of altered clothes.
4. Curiouser and Curiouser: This is the perfect blog for petite girls with attitude. Lia, the creator of the site, has a bold, sporty fashion sense that WILL make you want to wear a crop top.
5. Extra Petite: This blog focuses primarily on professional picks for petite girls. Scroll through for amazing office outfit inspiration, plus find reviews on top petite brands and tips for alterations.
6. Lace and Locks: This newlywed’s blog shares her love of all things girly, including some pretty covetable outfits that all go heavy on skirts and strappy pumps. Ladylike? More like ladylove.
7. The Hanh Solo: No connection to Star Wars here! It’s just a girl named Hahn with a killer fashion sense and the desire to show everyone that how chic dressing a petite frame can be.
8. Cute & Little: If you thought dressing a petite body was hard, try dressing a petite, pregnant body. This blog makes it look effortless, with endless maternity ideas for small bodies.
9. Love Fashion Live Life: This blog doesn’t stray too far from a basic feed of outfits, making it an ideal daily read for petite girls looking to switch up their look on the regular.
10. Retro Flame: The down-to-earth fashions of this New York City blogger are the envy of petite girls the world over. Thankfully, readers can purchase many of the items seen on the blog through her pre-owned shop. Now that’s the way to get the look!
Who are your favorite petite bloggers? Do you look to someone online for outfit inspiration? 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