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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Budget

There’s nothing like bringing smiles to the faces of our loved ones with a gift, but holiday shopping can be downright stressful. Fortunately, finding the perfect gift without breaking the bank is 100% possible. Here, we’ve set up a full guide of the best holiday gift ideas for anyone in your life, no matter your budget:

The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for The Beauty Lover

Under $20: Korean cult favorite skincare products are loved because they’re inexpensive and work just as well as higher end cosmetics. Because K-beauty is best known for its budget – friendly – yet – effective skincare, you have tons of options to choose from. The Aqua Blast Hydrating Cream by Ariul is only $14.99 and packs a huge, hydrating punch that’s beneficial for all skin types. For the luxury beauty lover, look to SNP’s Gold Collagen line, which contains real 24k gold and collagen for anti-aging benefits.

Aqua Blast Hydrating Cream by Ariul, $14.99

Under $50: Indie K-beauty is making its presence known in the beauty world, and for good reason: brands like MILLION RED and 2aN have beautiful makeup formulas housed in gorgeous packaging that any girl would fawn over. From eyeshadow palettes to lip tints in hot reds, pinks, and nudes, there’s no doubt the recipient of these indie Korean makeup products will love them. Our main recommendations from the brands? The MILLION RED Fiction Lip for its light and airy texture and 2aN’s Daily Blossom Eyeshadow Palette for its buttery soft shades in a variety of matte, neutral, and glitter finishes.

Daily Blossom Eyeshadow Palette by 2aN, $49.99

Under $100: So, what’s better than a new skincare product? An entire skincare set, obvi! KOODING’s specially curated skincare gift sets are tailor made to make creating a multi-step Korean skincare routine easy and fun. The Hddn Lab Skin Savior Set contains an essence and cream that are potent in ceramides and anti-aging antioxidants; the Hddn Lab Open Your Ice Set‘s serum, sleeping pack, and cream are a hyaluronic acid – packed trio that keep the skin soothed, even, and bright. The clean beauty lover in your life will love the Like I’m 5 Set for its gentle and EWG – verified ingredients.

Hddn Lab Skin Savior Set, $66.00

The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for The Best Friend

Under $20: Gifts for your bestie don’t have to be crazy expensive to be meaningful. Small accessories — like earrings or hair pins — can hold a lot of significance while giving a subtle touch of style.

Left: Marble Layered Ring Hairpin Set by Chuu, $18.99 / Right: Heart Beat Earrings by icecream12, $9.99

Under $50: You know your best friend’s style more than anyone — why not get them the unexpected? These adorable bags by OPEN THE DOOR are edgy and cool, but versatile enough that you can be sure to surprise your BFF with something she’ll love.

Chain Petit Bag by OPEN THE DOOR, $41.99

Under $100: If you got cash to spare, look no further than Korean footwear. Trust us — from platform sneakers to chic leather booties and goth – inspired heels, you are guaranteed to find the perfect pair for your bestie. These unique silhouettes are fun and unique and the statement piece to any outfit.

Left: White Platform Shoes by OPEN THE DOOR, $86.99 / Right: Plan O Walker Boots by LIPHOP, $68.99

The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for The K-Pop Fan

Under $20: Oh My Girl fans will instantly recognize the Secret Neon Lip Tint from YooA’s collab with Celebeau. These unique tints come in 6 vibrant shades, are super pigmented (especially when placed under a blacklight), and totally foolproof. At just $14 a pop, it’s an easy gift that doesn’t crush your wallet.

Oh My Girl YooA wears the Celebeau Secret Neon Lip Tint, $14.00

Under $50: If you know a BTS fan (and really, who doesn’t?), you know their love for the group goes beyond music. BTS are often referred to as style icons and are known to spark trends across the globe, selling out clothing pieces the moment they’re seen in them. The TIAG Van Gogh Tee has been frequently worn and loved by Taehyung of BTS (AKA V). At $29.99, it’s an affordable way to make any ARMY feel closer to their favorite boys.

BTS Taehyung wears the Van Gogh Tee by TIAG, $29.99

Under $100: Fans of UP10TION will love the Peter Long Sleeve Pair by evenie; worn by UP10TION Sunyoul, these unisex pajamas are adorable and a subtle way to pay homage to the boy group.

UP10TION Sunyoul wears the Peter Long Sleeve Pair, $56.99

 

Need more gift ideas? Check out our list of best – selling gifts for more inspo.

Are you looking forward to holiday shopping this year? Sound of in the comments & give us your best holiday gift ideas!

3 Reasons Turtlenecks Are A Hidden K-Fashion Staple

Korean fashion is constantly updating itself with new trends and styles. Despite this ever-changing landscape,  turtlenecks are the most versatile piece in every K-fashion lover’s closet. Here, we’re bringing you the top 3 reasons why you should add a turtleneck to your cart:

 

They’re A Skirt’s Best Friend

From iconic K-pop girl group looks to the streets of Seoul, is there a more popular Korean women’s fashion item than the miniskirt? Available in any color, pattern, and fabric, it goes with everything and can be paired with nearly anything depending on your mood. Try pairing it with a turtleneck for an adorably youthful and girly look.

Korean Women's Turtlenecks

If you’re finding miniskirts to be too revealing or show too much skin, a turtleneck is a perfect solution. The full coverage up top helps contrast the amount of skin shown so you can feel comfortable. 

Korean Women's TurtlenecksPatterned turtlenecks — like stripes — bring even more attention up top.

 

They Dress Up Any Casual Look

Yes, even the most chill of dressers can rock a turtleneck effortlessly. If you’re a tee-and-jeans type of person, wearing a turtleneck can elevate your look for any occasion.

The Rate Wave Ribbed Half Turtleneck Tee Shirt’s scalloped neckline makes any casual outfit cute and comfortable.

Want to take the look to the next level? Turtlenecks with unique necklines bring more pizzazz to your look without any additional effort.

 

They’re Perfect For Layering

Whether you choose to dress modestly or simply can’t stop wearing your summertime faves, layering a turtleneck underneath nearly anything is the perfect way to stay warm, covered, and stylish. Pair a brightly-colored turtleneck under a dark-colored dress (like cherrykoko’s Modern Vent Dress) for cool contrast or a dark, skintight turtleneck (like chuu’s Good Feeling Tee Shirt Vol 3) under a tailored blazer for a super chic, upscale vibe.

How do you feel about this cold-weather staple? Do you wear turtlenecks often or do you have reservations? Let us know!

Korean Fashion Black Friday Deals: What You Need To Know

Whether you’re going early Christmas gift shopping or want to amplify your wardrobe, our sitewide Korean fashion Black Friday deals have something for everyone. Read on for a sneak peek of the savings to come:

1. Coats

High-quality coats can be pricey; however, they can be oh, so worth it in terms of quality, fit, and style. Finding the right coat that will last you years to come is no easy task — well, until KOODING’s outerwear collection, that is.

L: Wool Stretch Semi Overfit Coat R: Wool Slimfit Single Coat

For timeless pieces with endless style, opt for brands like Basic House and Mind Bridge. Their coats are sleek, come in classic colors, and look good with everything. With both brands on sale, it’s never been a better time to invest in these gorgeous coats that will last ages.

2. Denim

Nothing beats the perfect pair of jeans. Our selection of Korean denim ensures you’ll find your favorite pair. Whether you’re looking for a classic or unique pair of jeans, we’ve got you covered.

This Black Friday, KOODING will be dropping prices on the iconic Chuu 5KG Jeans. Snag the ultra-skinny Chuu 5KG Jeans in Vol 114 for an everyday look or the straight-legged and mega-comfy Chuu 5KG Hobbit Jeans in Vol 105 for an edgy 90’s aesthetic. Chuu’s denim comes in multiple colors (like black) and finishes (like distressed and acid-wash), giving you tons of selection to choose from.

 

3. Makeup & Skincare

Whether you’re into Korean skincare or makeup products (or both), KOODING’s K-beauty collection is the ultimate source for curated Korean beauty products.

Saving on good skin has never been easier: iconic beauty brand SNP will be on sale for Black Friday as will high-end, luxury skincare line Evercell. For an indie K-beauty brand to fall in love with, consider MILLION RED‘s line of eyeshadow palettes, cushion foundation, and more. Nail art and nail care will also be on sale — look for Korean nail brand withshyan.

Which KOODING Korean fashion Black Friday deals are you looking most forward to? Sound off in the comments & stay tuned for more Black Friday updates!

How popular K-Fashion Brands Do Korean Winter Fashion (for Men & Women)

No one does cozy & trendy like K-fashion brands. We love seeing what top Korean fashion brands like Chuu, Basic House, and Mind Bridge bring out for the colder months and the Korean winter fashion trends that will define not only the season, but our wardrobes as well. 

As the cold weather months approach us (and while KOODING has their 15% off Early Winter Faves Sale), here are the hottest trends in Korean winter fashion to get you excited for the season:

Cool Hoodies & Sweatshirts

Korean style hoodies and sweatshirts are always in fashion for their versatility and unique designs. Winter 2019’s version combines muted hues with simple patterns and graphics for a minimalistic, understated look.

Pictured: Double Graphic Hoodie Sweatshirt, Cotton Block Lettering Point Sweatshirt

BASIC HOUSE’s selection of trendy Korean sweaters is the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe. Even better? Their range of sweaters and trendy hoodies are unisex, meaning anyone can find their ideal style with ease.

 

Fashionable Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks have always been a winter essential, but Chuu has taken it to the next level with their unique neck shapes. 

Pictured: Anyway Together Knit, Human Peach Knit Vol 7

From cut-out cold shoulder sweaters to wide-neck turtlenecks in the fluffiest of knits, Chuu’s selection of cute turtleneck, crewneck, and mock neck sweaters for winter 2019 are guaranteed to make you look chic while keeping warm. Pair them with your favorite pair of Chuu 5KG Jeans for a sleek and casual moment or a miniskirt for a preppy vibe.

 

Sleek Outerwear

2019 Korean winter fashion is all about looking effortlessly put together; that’s why Seoul’s most stylish are loving outerwear by Mind Bridge. The men’s, women’s, and unisex brand has great options for those looking to invest in a piece that’s not only trendy, but timeless.

Pictured: Cotton Span Single Washing Mc Coat, Wool Slimfit Single Coat

To keep it classic, we recommend opting for jackets and coats neutral colors, like oatmeal beige, navy, and gray.

So, what are your K-fashion faves this season? What trends have you been noticing? Sound off in the comments & save 15% off our early winter faves (for both men and women) for a very limited time!

4 Everyday Dresses That Give Major Halloween Energy

As much as we love Halloween costumes, there is nothing better than a DIY costume that you can pull straight from your closet. Not only is it more cost-effective to wear a Halloween costume from things you already own, but it also lets you create a costume that’s perfectly you.

With just a few hair, makeup, and accessory changes, these five everyday dresses can transform from day to Halloween night:

 

Diagonal Strap Half Long Dress by OPEN THE DOOR

An edgy twist to the classic wrap dress, this frock is embellished with a simple silver buckle for maximum versatility. Even better, this dress can layer over any garment of your choosing, making it super easy to change up your look no matter the time of year.

 

Cute Snow Flower Dress by Fiona

Angel vibes, anyone? This dress can easily transform from a girly and fun costume to a soft and delicate option for a brunch with friends or any special occasion.

 

Flutter Moment Dress by chuu

Is there a costume more classic than Wednesday Addams, the queen of Halloween herself? A black dress with a white collar will always be reminiscent of the spooky icon, but this number by chuu can also transfer into the rest of the year as an easy way to look elegant, classy, and chic.

 

Del List Mini Set by LAGIRL

No matter what time of year, this top and skirt set is an adorable and easy going casual look. During the Halloween season, though, this set gives off total Beetlejuice vibes thanks to the neon green stripes. A pair of classic black sneakers and thigh high socks creates a punky aesthetic that looks cute and chic year round.

What’s your Halloween costume this year? Are you buying it, going full on DIY, or a little bit of both? Let us know in the comments!

The Indie Brand Taking K-beauty by Storm: Our Top MILLION RED Picks

Tired of the same old, same old K-beauty products? Itching for a Korean beauty brand that truly speaks to your makeup and skincare needs? Say hello to MILLION RED, an indie K-beauty brand that’s blending color theory and life’s most vivid experiences to create a full range of Korean makeup products.

MILLION RED makes makeup inspired by life’s everyday moments. As a brand, MILLION RED is represented by gorgeous imagery, delicate looks, and unique-yet-wearable shades. As defined by their tagline “Color in your moment”, they firmly believe that makeup is not only meant to highlight your appearance but express who you are and what you believe in.

Source: MILLION RED

Here, the top 3 MILLION RED makeup and skincare products we just can’t live without:

For A Dewy Glow: Light-Up Sun Balm SPF 50+ PA+++

K-beauty has never seen a primer quite like this: with a deliciously pink tint and celestial glow that would make the moon jealous, the MILLION RED Light-Up Sun Balm makes shiny skin dreams come true. 

Oddly satisfying beauty: the watery, hydrating texture of the MILLION RED Light-Up Sun Balm

This pact-type primer does way more than just give your skin the appearance of a healthy glow; thanks to a combination of Centella Asiatica (AKA “cica”), Alaskan glacial water, and ceramides, the Light-Up Sun Balm gives a boost of anti-redness, cooling, and moisturizing power. Even better, the Light-Up Sun Balm comes with a 50+ PA+++ SPF for an additional layer of sun protection.

 

For A Pop of Color: Fiction Lip

For impossibly good lip color, look to MILLION RED’s Fiction Lip. Available in 11 ultra-flattering shades, these long-lasting lip tints are perfect for day-to-night glam. These comfortable, fluffy tints are truly the every-person’s lip product; whether you’re a lover of ultra-matte lipsticks or lightweight, pigmented pouts, the Fiction Lip’s airy texture and vivid, buildable color are qualities any makeup lover can appreciate.

MILLION RED Fiction Lip Swatches (Source: MILLION RED)

Not a fan of color? Worry not — the Fiction Lip in Moment of Projection is a clear gloss that delivers seriously high shine.

 

For a Relaxing Sheet Mask Sesh: Blanc de Rouge Bio-Cellulose Mask

We all know the feeling of defeat and exhaustion after a long day at work and/or school. It’s days like these that make a multi-step skincare routine seem absolutely impossible, especially when all you want to do is relax.

The Blanc de Rouge Bio-Cellulose Masks‘s ultra-thin sheet (Source: MILLION RED)

Enter the MILLION RED Blanc de Rouge Bio-Cellulose Mask: not only does this mask minimize your skincare routine’s steps by acting as an ultra-rich essence and serum, but it also treats multiple common skin concerns with clean, safe ingredients. Those in need of a moisture replenishment will appreciate the mask’s ceramide content while those who want youthful and bright skin will notice the free radical-fighting, collagen promoting benefits of grape extract. The ultra-thin, no-slip sheet feels like a comfortable second skin, giving you the ability to move around and multi-task (if you desire). Just wash, tone, apply, and chill.

 

Also within the MILLION RED collection are two 9-pan palettes (named DELIGHT ME and SATISFY ME) and natural coverage cushion foundation (available in 6 shades).

 

Have you entered our MILLION RED Giveaway on Instagram? Click here for details on how to enter!

The Best Korean Fashion: Our Top #KOODING Looks

Every day, we are amazed by the looks served and outfits created using KOODING’s selection of Korean and global fashion.

We’re also firm believers that the KOODING community is the most stylish out there. Because of this, we want to dedicate this week’s post to YOU, your style, and how you rock Korean fashion and global style. Here, the #KOODING looks we can’t get enough of:

 

  1. @jenn_scale in the Balloon Knit Cardigan

CREDIT: @jenn_scale on Instagram

Come through, coziness! We love how Jenny paired this oversized knit cardigan by Choper with a cropped and lace top and matching gray, black, and white pieces.

 

2. @trish_trinh in the More Than Rose Dress

 

CREDIT: @trish_trinh on Instagram

Always the elegant Dior Queen, Trish wears the Cherryville frock with the high-end designer’s bag and black heeled mules for an elevated look that mixes high and low-priced fashion pieces. Even amongst a busy backdrop, Trish stands out in her killer outfit.

 

3. @leo.wz in the Prince Ribbon Tie Blouse

CREDIT: @leo.wz on Instagram

Killing it! We love how Leo styled this unique men’s blouse by OPEN THE DOOR and maintained the brand’s edgy vibe with messy hair and simple earrings.

 

4. @whoisshadia in the Cotton Button Jacket

CREDIT: @whoisshadia on Instagram

What’s prettier than this glowing sunset? Shadia’s perfect everyday casual look featuring a cozy tee, distressed denim, and chunky belt — all tied together with an oversized, utility-inspired jacket by discount Korean fashion brand UZU. We love how she paired basic black booties with the look for a dressed-up touch!

 

Who do you want to see in #KOODING clothes? Who are your favorite Korean fashion Youtubers, Instagrammers, creators, and influencers? Sound off in the comments!

 

Want to see your look on the K-Blog or our Instagram? Don’t forget to tag #KOODING for a chance to be featured!

The Hottest Fashion Trends of Fall 2019, According to Korean Fashion Brands

How fast did the Autumn season hit you? With summertime seeming like an eternity, it’s no surprise that most of us have yet to prepare our fall wardrobes. Worry not: KOODING’s roundup of Fall 2019 fashion trends will have you – and your closet – ready and fashion-forward in no time.

 

Leopard Print

Like it or not, leopard print’s comeback is STRONG. Nearly every Korean fashion brand and designer is utilizing the iconic print in a variety of colors, silhouettes, and styles. While not a brand new concept, leopard print has been experiencing a serious rebirth in the fashion world.

Leopard print is a foolproof way to implement a touch of boldness without leaving your comfort zone.

The best part? Leopard can easily transition as a neutral, making it easy to style with any color of your choosing. We prefer the classic black pairing, as shown by RINELL, OPEN THE DOOR, and Choper.

 

Plaid Outerwear

Plaid is a classic print that can be worn year-round but holds a special place in our hearts during fall. It reminds us of the coziness of flannels and the edgy vibe of punk and goth-inspired outfits, two of the season’s biggest fashion mainstays.

Mind Bridge has a huge selection of plaid blazers that transition perfectly from day to night.

Now, plaid can be seen in sophisticated pieces like the PC Span Semi Over Single Coat and the TR Span Plaid Semi Over Single Coat. The best part? Both of these coats are unisex, meaning anyone is guaranteed to serve looks in them.

 

Midi Skirts

While miniskirts will never truly go out of style, Fall 2019 fashion trends have been fully embracing longer skirt lengths. Whether it’s your favorite content creator, celebrity, or fashion icon, everyone has been seen rocking the midi skirt from bold prints and fabrics (as seen on NANING9) to the subtlest of neutral hues featured in Mind Bridge’s latest collections.

Pictured L-R: Mind Bridge Cotton Span Button H Line Skirt, NANING9 Car Leather Banding Skirt

Midi-length skirts are also an amazing transitional piece because they can be worn as the weather cools down from the warm summer months. They also look great with sneakers, boots, and any other footwear you want to pair with them for a totally versatile look.

Which of these trends are you most excited about? Sound off in the comments and tag us in your #KOODING fall looks for a chance to be featured on IG!

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