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A Journey of Authenticity: My BAGS Are More Beautiful Than Yours

Courtesy of Jeannette Dardenne

Experiential stories that revolve around the importance of being authentic to not only yourself but to those around you. After years of never finding the time to ‘stop and smell the roses,’ Jeannette is unearthing many of her passions including writing, fashion, and thrifting through her online blog ‘The Vineyard Life’ – a creative outlet that allows her to share, learn, and grow with others. You can explore more of her stories at @jeannettepdardenne on Instagram or www.myvineyardlife.com.

By Jeannette Dardenne

One day, I woke up … okay… a few days I kept on waking up with

WITH these puffy, no good, unasked for, non-cooperating BAGS under my eyes.

➡️ Could my eyes be irritated from wearing my contacts too much? <I wore my glasses for weeks just in case>

➡️ Could I not be sleeping well? <um … Covid?!>

A dear friend suggested that I see a dermatologist – maybe I had some weird infection?!

AND sometimes the truth will set you free. I could buy a thousand creams promising to work wonders. I could have surgery that could temporarily fix the puffiness. OR …

I could realize that not much can be done.

EXCEPT to try an age old TRICK known for reducing puffiness in “sensitive” areas.

Let’s just say that nothing is perfect, BUT the bags have shriveled and I feel better.

P.S. Don’t forget to wear proper sunscreen ever day! This can reduce dark areas which can highlight/ emphasize unappealing areas.

Jeannette Punsoni Dardenne is an entrepreneur who started the popular Facebook group @eatinconnecticut – a community forum that connects foodies and the food and beverage industry for delicious conversations. She and her business partner now together run @eatinconnecticut and INGroup Creative – a public relations and marketing company that helps small businesses thrive. Jeannette is also a business advisor at the University of Hartford Entrepreneur Center & Women’s Business Center. When she isn’t helping others, she enjoys exploring the state and beyond with her husband and two children.

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