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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!

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!

Top 5 November Stylist Picks

New month means new wardrobe! Here are the top five picks from our KOODING team.

  1. Everyone needs a good leather jacket in their wardrobe. Our Girls on Top Rider Jacket by Kong Style is lightweight and super soft, perfect for a night out! It doesn't swallow your figure when wearing it and you won't have to worry about lugging it around everywhere because of the lightweight material. It can make any outfit a little bit edgier and put together!
  2. You can't go wrong with knits! They're oversized, super comfortable, always in style, and they keep you warm. The Loose Box Knit will be a perfect addition to any closet due to its versatility and distinctive grey hue that is difficult to come across.
  3. I always have a hard time finding a good denim skirt but I really like the Come Over Skirt because of the edginess that is displayed through the cut outs. I know we're in the colder seasons, but who says you can't wear a skirt to add some flare to your outfit?
  4. To add some girl-y vibes to this outfit, we accessorized with these Rose Earrings by SOO n SOO. The pink color is subtle while still giving a small pop of color to any outfit. Also, the chain hangs behind the ear for a unique twist!
  5. Last but not least, shoes! Boots are a must-have year round and they definitely come in handy for November. Don't worry about your feet hurting because the Banding Low Ankle Boots are super comfortable and easy to stroll around in, perfect for travel!

    Those were our top 5 picks from November! Share with us some of your favorite pieces you like to wear and don't forget to #KOODING and tag us @KOODING so we can see your style. All pieces and more are up on our site KOODING.COM ! Happy Shopping~!

     

    -KOODING Team

 

 

 

 

Denim: How to Wear a Korean Fashion Staple this Fall

Korean Fashion Staples
There is one fabric we bet every fashionista has in her closet: denim. Super-versatile, easily dressed up or down, and always on trend- denim can be worn 24/7.

So, since you already are a denim fan, here are the key Korean fashion pieces that will help you upgrade your fall wardrobe.

Jeans

This season is all about fun denim pants with a big nod to throwback styles. Both flared and ankle-length cropped jeans made a huge comeback (get the True Band Pants and you will be wearing 2 trends in 1). Frayed hem jeans are another hit this fall and, since the focus will be on the bottom part, match yours with a pair of cool sneakers to have all eyes on your ankles and feet.

Distressed skinnies are definitely staying around this season. They are so popular that you are likely to see frays, rips and holes every step of the way. So cool!

Skirts

Denim mini-skirts are a must this fall, especially if they feature frayed details. You may also opt for a button up style, but remember to give the two-tone trend a try, as well, with a vintage-looking skirt like the To Tony. We would not know what to channel first!

Dresses

Another denim staple every trendy woman should own, the denim dress, might actually be this fall’s key basic piece. Make yours look casual when paired with sneakers, flats or ankle boots, and dress it up with high heels and a precious clutch. Our favorites are the minimalist Maybe Roll-Up Dress and the ladylike Mars Dress. Korean dresses rule and you will have so much fun accessorizing them!

Denim season is here, darlings. Shop the hottest fall denim trend at www.KOODING.com and style it to your heart’s desire. You will be the picture of fall perfection.

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