Top of Mind
Between the Folds
By Crown Affair
Perhaps it’s the increased amount of time we’ve been spending crouched over our computers or the six feet that separates us from others, but we’ve been thinking a lot lately about physical touch. More and more we’re noticing how things feel—the fabrics we reach for when we want to feel cozy, the changes in the texture of our hair and skin, and the feel of a card sent by mail from a friend.
Few activities are as tactile as the practice of origami, and lately we’ve been finding solace in the act of folding paper cranes. There’s a stillness to folding, a quietness, to the centuries-old practice. In Japan, the paper crane is a symbol of peace, love, hope, and healing, and they’re often given as gifts to wish someone well, especially during challenging times.
We want to give you that feeling, so we’ve approached our holiday offerings with high attention to detail and personal touches we hope will make you smile when you receive your package. We hope it will remind you to treat yourself as you gift those on your list this year—and take some time to do something just for you. Take a moment to be still, indulge in something creative, and find your ground.
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘢 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘶𝘴, “𝘌𝘹𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦 & 𝘚𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘐𝘐𝘐” (2018
- Where do you live and what do you do?
We live in Austin, Texas!
April: I'm a Freelance Content Creator and team leader at Passport Vintage. I'm also apart of their content creating team.
Conner: I teach science and art to kids. I also do digital creative projects!
- How did you meet?
We actually attended the asme high school all four years and never talked until we graduated! The first time we decided to hang out it was just as friends and we went to the movies, then ended up hanging out until 4am in the movie theater parking lot. That was the beginning of everything.
We've been together for five years and recently got engaged! ♡
- How would you describe your hair?
April: Very thick and voluminous!! My hair was very curly when I was younger but over time turned wavier. This is probably the longest length my hair has ever been.
Conner: Thick also! I have very straight hair and this is also the longest I've ever had my hair.
- How would you describe each other's hair?
Beautiful, long, thick, and oh, so lovely!
- Have you always felt this way about your hair or has it changed over time?
It's changed overtime! I think growing up we both just got annoyed by our hair and how thick it was. As we got older, we realized how grateful we are to have such thick hair and we realize our hair is truly beautiful. We just don't know how to style it or the right hair tools to use.
- What is your current hair care routine?
We used to be so bad at falling asleep with wet hair, which later ended up in a bad hair day, that we started making it a ritual to always put time into our hair. We both make sure to keep up with our haircuts. We also brush each other's hair very consistently, which has become a love language for us. It allows us to have a moment to breathe and catch up. (We really love each other's hair.)
- Are there any tools or products you share?
ALL of Crown Affair hair products haha!! Conner loves Crown Affair... He's actually mentioned before how he enjoys that Crown Affair's combs and brushes are VERY unisex.
- What other daily rituals do you lean into the most?
We both always sit down for coffee no matter what we make sure to have our coffee together and set affirmations for each other to be reminded of what's important.
- What are your favorite holiday rituals?
We always go on a road trip before Christmas. It's been our tradition for the last three years. We also usually binge-watch a movie series on Christmas day and order Chinese takeout! This year we are watched all of the Harry Potter movies!