About

Meet Jen

Hi! I’m a writer who also happens to have POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome), HSD (Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder), along with a few other annoying things. My days are spent seeking joy in the midst of myriad symptoms, and my mission is to help at least one person in the chronic illness community each day.

bonjour, mon ami!

I’m so glad you’re here.

Welcome (perhaps not for the first time) to Haute Whimsy!

This website was conceptualized in 2008 while I was in a period of transition – shifting from working for others to working for myself.

It felt like an awakening of sorts and I adopted an attitude of “I do what I want”! And what I wanted to do was write, and create art, and amplify the beauty I saw in the world while indulging in small pleasures that romanticized life.

Essentially, I wanted to create a life of whimsy and share it with like-minded people.

Haute Whimsy went into hibernation shortly after I launched a handmade business that took off like wildfire and needed 100% of my attention. As much as I loved my small business, I longed for this little corner of the internet where I could celebrate the little things that make life feel so special.

Now here we are in 2023, and I’m in another period of transition – learning to live with a newly diagnosed chronic illness and in need of small pleasures more than ever.

Haute Whimsy is starting anew. It’s older, wiser, perhaps a little more sophisticated, but in essence the same creature it was all those years ago. I hope that you will join me here in honoring joy and living life in a way that feels like a celebration of the soul!

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Get to know me


COFFEE ORDER

Iced Americano

I recently read

The Book of Love by Kelly Link

on weekends you’ll find me…

Trying out a new painting technique that I’ve found and have been obsessing over all week, visiting a bookstore or coffee shop, and spending time with family.

I couldn’t live without

Salt (thanks, POTS)

Morning person or night owl?

Night owl for sure!

Currently binging

Silicon Valley

favorite travel destination

St Tropez, France

Best piece of advice i’ve received

The only way to fail is to quit, so keep putting in the work and showing up every day.

Let’s collaborate

interested in a sponsored post? I’d love to connect!

FAQ

I started blogging in 2008. I found my sea legs with Haute Whimsy and then offered blogging services to wedding photographers and creative small businesses.

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