Excellence vs. Secrets – Playa Mujeres Forum
We have stayed at both SMB and EPM as well. We stayed at Secrets in the winter of 2011 and 2012 and just returned last week from EPM. I enjoyed my stay at both of them very much. Unlike Beach Wanderer 71, I am not able to say I definitely prefer one over the other. I would definitely go back to either and my choice would probably be price driven. We were able to stay at the Excellence Club level at Excellence for the same $$ or even a little less than a regular level room at Secrets. There were some things I liked better at Secrets and some things I thought were better at EPM and most things that I thought were very comparable (each resort may do it differently but the end product was not clearly better at one or the other).
The beach is definitely nicer at Secrets – it is wider, the water is bluer and the ability to take a long walk on the beach is better. The pools are nicer at EPM.
I thought the food was pretty much a wash between the two- average to very good at both. EPM has more restaurant choices; SMB has an indoor cafe that is just coffee, deserts and mini sandwiches that we loved and EPM does not have anything comparable and we missed this. There are more bars at EPM.
We thought the service was actually a little better at EPM.
We really liked the outdoor plaza Kafe Cafe at EPM for evening live music and beverages. There is nothing like that at SMB which we think is definitely a plus for EPM . Generally the live music is more plentiful at EPM than when we were last at SMB (but that could have changed as it has now been 2 years since we were there) and we like the live music more than the evening shows.
I thought the evening shows in the theatre were a little better at Secrets, but rather lame overall (with some exceptions).at both places. I thought the entertainment team was more visible at SMB but that may just be due to the layout. The layout at EPM makes it easier to avoid the day time activities if you prefer. We didn’t do the day time entertainment and actually found the entertainment team at SMB to be too much involved in the entertainment as if they were the show – which we didn’t care for. So much of this is a question of personal taste.
The balconies at EPM are much nicer than at SMB. They are larger and more functional. The day bed is wonderful and there is an actual table you can sit at and eat. The outdoor seating on the balconies at SMB is not at all comfortable, particularly for two people. The rooms themselves are a wash between the two, although the bathroom at EPM is even less private than at SMB. It is more a noise question (you can even hear pill bottles opening if you are laying in bed at EPM) rather than a visual issue.
The one difference I will note however is room location seems to be a bigger issue at EPM than SMB. First of all, EPM Excellence Club rooms are not ocean front, with the exception of 2 of the 5 buildings. If you know that going in, it is fine. If you don’t, then you hear lots of people very upset at the Concierge Desk in the Excellence Club looking to make a room change because they booked an “Ocean Front” room. They are ocean view if you are on the right floor. Getting room changes at EPM seems to be a much more prevalent issue than at SMB as building is just not as big an issue at Secrets and this is not just due to construction next to building 9 right now at EPM. Most of the requests we heard for room changes had nothing to do with construction but rather other noise or view issues related to Excellence Club rooms – people booked ocean front and were either not ocean front or even ocean view. We were in building 7A, high floor, Excellence Club. It is noisy there at night due to location near the outdoor cafe. Most evenings we didn’t care, but one evening we wanted to come in early and even with the door closed; the music was blaring. One of the things that makes the grounds lovely at EPM is how near the buildings are to the pools, etc. This however also causes noise issues if you are on the balcony and sometimes even in your room. It is a positive that is also potentially a negative. We didn’t use the balcony we loved as much as we wanted at Excellence because of noise. We didn’t use it at Secrets because it just wasn’t that comfortable.
Both resorts will do large weddings and business groups which can totally change the vibe of the resort. We had a very large group (300 people) at Excellence which actually did not impact the hotel is a negative way as to noise and service. Were at SMB with a large group that was very loud and disruptive. The guest group at any given time at either hotel can definitely impact service and the vibe.
Overall, we had wonderful vacations at both and would definitely recommend and return to both of them. I am not able to say I clearly prefer one over the over To me neither has pros that are so clearly above the other than it outweighs the “cons(hard to have true cons at such beautiful resorts). It all depends on what you are looking for in a trip and how they match up price wise.
Secrets, Excellence or Sandals – Which is the Best All-Inclusive Resort for Adults?
A few years back we wrote a post comparing Secrets vs Couples vs Sandals Resorts but things change fast in the travel biz and new players have come on strong in the adult only all inclusive market. Having stayed at almost all the adult only resorts including Excellence, Iberostar Grand, Hyatt, El Dorado and aforementioned Secrets, Couples and Sandals, we are often asked which is the best all-inclusive resort for adults. All of these resorts are quality brands with multiple locations. All have newer and older resorts, bigger and smaller hotels, simpler and more luxurious settings. All have special features that may be on your wish list and all offer a range of room categories and prices with varying amenities and services.
So what if your destination is flexible and money is no object? Which is the best adult only all-inclusive resort? I still don’t have a quick answer because it’s like naming a favorite restaurant. Mine would be Italian but you may prefer steak or sushi and choosing the best is difficult because they are totally different. That said, there are some broad generalizations we can make about adult only all-inclusive resorts plus specific recommendations for some best in category resorts.
Target Clientele and Special Inclusions
- Excellence, Secrets and Iberostar Grand Collection are top choices for adults traveling with friends, families with adult children, singles and couples. These resorts allow 1-4 adults to share a room and have a choice of bedding in various room categories.
- Sandals Resorts are best for couples planning a honeymoon, romantic getaway, destination wedding, vow renewal or anniversary. With 15 couples only resorts on 7 islands, Sandals has the broadest price range, largest selection of room styles all with king beds, includes free weddings at every resort and gives free nights for anniversaries.
- Hyatt, a newcomer to the all-inclusive market, has adult only properties adjacent to family friendly resorts with select public areas and restaurants reserved for adults. This works particularly well for mixed groups and multi-generational families.
- Breathless caters to adults seeking a livelier vibe and more nightlife.
- Iberostar Grand has more organized group activities and a higher rate of participation than other adult all inclusives.
- Couples has the Caribbean’s first unlimited spa service option with treatments included along with meals, drinks and other land and water activities. Couples also includes more off site tours.
- Sandals Resorts includes the widest range of land and watersports, resort activities and evening entertainment. Activities like snorkel trips, tubing, waterskiing, scuba diving and golf are free at Sandals but cost extra elsewhere.
Beaches & pools
- All of our favorite adult only resorts are beachfront but not all beaches are created equal, so it’s important to be specific. Our picks for best beach would be Sandals Emerald Bay and Iberostar Grand Bavaro followed by Secrets Akumal, Sandals Grande Antigua and El Dorado Maroma.
- Excellence and Iberostar Grand have fabulous pools as do some Secrets and Sandals Resorts. Our best pool award goes to Sandals Royal Barbados with the Caribbean’s first rooftop pool plus stunning beachfront pool and hundreds of rooms and suites with private pool or swim up feature. Wowzer!
Restaurants and bars
- All of these top quality adult only all-inclusive resorts have specialty international restaurants and a high standard of food quality and presentation.
- All include alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages including beer, wine and cocktails with top shelf brands available. Bottles of wine and champagnes are available for purchase.
- Excellence and Secrets are known for no reservation dining.
- Sandals Resorts can accommodate celiac and other dietary restrictions with an onsite culinary concierge at every resort.
- In room bars vary widely. Only Sandals includes full size bottles of liquor, wine and champagne plus beer, soft drinks, mixers, fruit juice and water in Club Level and Butler Suites. Standard rooms include wine, beer, soft drinks, water and juice. Couples Resorts allow you to personalize a minibar with a selection of liquor, wine and beer but quantities are limited and champagne is not an option. Secrets Resorts include beer, soft drinks and water in every room and Preferred Club rooms add alcohol but no wine or champagne. Iberostar Grand offers a selection of wine and liquor in airplane sized bottles plus beer, soft drinks and water.
- Room service varies within chains and even room categories. Excellence and Secrets earn top honors with 24/7 room service for all guests and a “secret box” for delivery and pick up without intruding on your privacy.
Rooms and services
- Iberostar Grand has the most luxurious entry level rooms with shared butler service, jetted soaking tubs and more.
- Most Excellence and Secrets Resorts are contemporary in styling and offer private pools and swim up rooms however “beachfront” rooms can be problematic as many are far from the beach and have a limited ocean view.
- Sandals Resorts offer everything from standard rooms to “sand in your toes” beachfront rooms, overwater bungalows, swim up rooms and villas with private pools. The décor at Sandals runs the gamut from traditional to modern and services are provided at three levels – Luxury, Club Level and Sandals crème de la crème Butler Service.
- Rooms at Couples Resorts can be minimalistic although we love the plantation suites at Couples Swept Away and every room has what you need to be comfortable
Hopefully this gives you a starting point to find the best all-inclusive resort for your adult only vacation, tropical honeymoon or destination wedding. For more information please call, email or request a quote. We’ve been to all the popular destinations, stayed at almost all the resorts and would love to help you choose the best adult only all-inclusive resort for you!
Secrets Excellence or Secrets Carpri
I’ll copy/paste a comparison I did of SERC & SC when we got back from SERC in January (I’m assuming that you mean Secrets Excellence in Mexico & not Secrets Excellence Punta Cana).
I also have pics of both resorts (in the ‘Cancun-Secrets….’ albums):
My husband & I have been to both & enjoyed both !! We were at Secrets Capri in May 2004 & at Secrets Excellence Riviera Cancun in Jan 2005.
SERVICE: Service @ both was great. We only encountered a very few not-so-pleasant employees. I tried to speak some of my very limited Spanish (3 yrs in high school & 2 semesters in college) when I could & they seemed to appreciate that.
ROOMS: The rooms @ both were great, too. We were in an Oceanfront (1st floor) room @ Capri & in a Swim Out (1st floor of course) room @ Excellence. All the rooms @ SERC have a 2 person in-room jacuzzi, where the rooms @ SC had a 1 person in-room jacuzzi. Our Swim Out room @ SERC also had a 2 person jacuzzi on the patio. Both rooms had double sinks & separate toilet & shower areas. They both had 4 poster beds & daily-stocked mini-fridges.
BEACH: The beach area @ SERC was alot bigger than SC. It was probably twice the depth, as well as alot wider due to the actual resort being larger. You could walk in both directions for a long way (it’s about a 45 minute walk down to Puerto Morelos — my husband walked home at a pretty quick pace from his scuba diving excursion). I preferred walking north past the Paradisus. At SC, we only walked south down as far as the Captain LaFitte hotel (maybe about a mile or so ?? ) & that was a nice walk. We really didn’t notice much garbage on either beach. The sand was that nice soft white sand @ SERC & not quite as white or soft @ SC (probably brought in ?? ).
POOLS: The pools @ both resorts were spotless. There was just the one pool @ SC & the temperature was great, but we were there in May so it was hotter outside. The pools (lots of ’em !! ) @ SERC were very nice but COLD !! I’m a big fan of pools & have always been a big swimmer, but WOW, it was jolting !! The pool right in front of Bldg 7 was heated, though & very easy to get into. Maybe the other pools wouldn’t feel as cold as it gets more into the summer months. We joked that they kept them cold on purpose to keep ppl out so they would stay cleaner !!
FOOD: The food @ SERC was very good, but we thought the food @ SC was excellent. We’ve been to the Caribbean/Mexico 19 times (14 of them @ all inclusives) and the food at Secrets Capri was our favorite of all of our trips !! (The head chef @ SERC now was the head chef @ SC when we were there last May. You’ll see him at all times of day in all the restaurants checking things out.).
OVERALL: Having been to both & enjoyed both, I’d have to say that overall, if we were to return to one of them, we’d go back to Secrets Capri 1st. We just enjoyed the atmosphere better there. Also, on our last day @ SERC, a group of a few hundred people were checking in for a convention & were extremely loud & obnoxious (i.e. they had a table set up in DeMario’s for about 40 of them & they were shouting back & forth to each other & shaking their rattles). I don’t really blame them so much as Secrets. They advertise peace, tranquility & romance, & a convention hotel cannot achieve that — you can’t have it both ways !!
Excellence Resorts vs. Secrets Resorts
Post # 1
So Fiance and I are thinking of honeymoon resorts. We want an all inclusive, adult only and I’ve heard great things about Excellence and Secrets resorts!!! Can anyone give me their opinion of which resort would be better?? We have a budget of 8k and want to splurge on a suite. If you could also say which location you stayed at that would be great too! Thanks!
Post # 2
We had our honeymoon at Excellence Riviera Cancun in the club section and loved it!!! We had an oceanfront suite. The food was great and they have a lot of activities if you choose to do so.
I’ve never been to Secrets but I was the same as you and it was a toss up for me. I didn’t pick Secrets because I wasn’t going to bother with the Butler service and Excellence seemed to have better reviews.
I’m sure any place you stay at will be wonderful. Oh, and I heard great things about Excellence Playa Mujeres but have never been myself.
Post # 3
I’ve been to Excellence Riviera Cancun, and it was AMAZING. I have a coworker who has been to Excellence Riviera Cancun and Excellence Playa Mujeres, and he said they were both incredible (though he gave the edge to Playa Mujeres).
The food was restaurant quality, the liquor was top shelf (you just have to ask when they make it), the beach was gorgeous, and you can take out the little Hobbycat (mini sailboat) every day if you want to. Rooms were relatively new, spacious and super comfy.
They also do “theme” nights which are surprisingly fun, and not super tacky. One example is the Indian food night on the beach – gorgeous decorations, relatively authentic food and you’re eating right on the beach!
When we were there, we talked to someone who had also been to Secrets Maroma (we were trying to decide between the two). She said the beach was better at Maroma, but she had more fun with the “theme” nights at Excellence.
From what I’ve heard, you can’t go wrong either way, but I had an INCREDIBLE time at Excellence, and plan on going back.
Go Excellence Resorts and Go Secrets Resorts Site Launches
By Beacon News |
November 11, 2010
Beacon is proud to announce the launch of two micro-sites for A Way to Go Travel. The client is a full service, award winning travel agency that has been in business for over 15 years. The new sites feature basic information on specific Excellence and Secrets resorts, quote forms, news, specials and testimonials. Along with website design and development, Beacon also provides hosting services for both sites.
Click on the images to visit Go Excellence Resorts and Go Secrets Resorts.
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Secrets to Closing the Leadership Gap a book by Curtis Wallace
Do you feel called to ministry?
Are you anointed to preach?
Have you received vision to impact your world for God’s Kingdom?
Well, why isn’t it happening yet? Thousands of leaders experience small measures of success without taking their ministries to the next level. They are called, anointed and have vision. However, they face the “leadership gap,” as their staffs, methods, and roles need to change so the organization can experience elevated success.
Curtis Wallace serves as COO for one of the most influential ministry leaders in the world–Bishop TD Jakes. In this curriculum, Wallace delivers tried and proven secrets showing you how to practically bridge this gap and build a successful organization.
Elevating Excellence is the must-have training resource for pastors and ministry leaders. In ten DVD sessions, you will learn how to experience next level success through:
-Assembling top-tier leadership teams who bring solutions instead of problems -Effectively motivating your staff by developing into a visionary leader -Building a strong, functional ministry organization that is setup for growth and success
Whether you take the journey on your own, as a staff, or in a conference setting, the principles in this curriculum will truly elevate the way you do ministry.
Leader’s kit includes:
-DVD sessions -Leaders guide -Participant workbook -Book: The Leadership Gap
About the Author
Curtis Wallace serves as the Chief Operations Officer/General Counsel of TDJ Enterprises, LLP, bringing the worlds of faith and business together for the mutual benefit of both. He also works closely with The Potter’s House, founded by Bishop TD Jakes, and has served as the Producer or Executive in Charge of projects such as Woman Thou Art Loosed, Not Easily Broken, and Jumping the Broom. Prior to joining TDJ Enterprises, Mr. Wallace practiced law with firms like Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Brewer, Brewer, Anthony & Middlebrook. He also serves on the Board of Directors of BN Media Holdings and the Dallas County Blue Ribbon Commission for Parkland Hospital. Mr. Wallace lives in Keller, Texas with his wife, Julaina, and three sons, Jackson, Harrison, and Carter and daughter Caroline.
Roadmap to Excellence – The Insider Secrets Exposed
Roadmap to Excellence – The Insider Secrets Exposed
Tricia-Ann Smith DaSilva
April 13, 2015
Highly successful persons have come from every conceivable upbringing, disposition and professional discipline. A number of modern day influencers did not achieve success without overcoming obstacles that forced them to work harder and show more determination than others. My recent undertaking is focused on self-transformation through participation in professional affiliations and immersing myself in positive thoughts through self-affirming healing conversations. However this way of thinking is not a new development for me. My first 90 days at work and its environs acted as the catalyst to this routine – the blueprint to “My roadmap to excellence”. Small in stature that exudes self-belief established through observing the characteristics of executives and researching their professional backgrounds summarizes my early years.
Stories of the leading businesspersons tend to focus on intelligence and ambition. However the accomplishments of these individuals were outside standard experience and followed unexpected logic. The personalities of the successful may be diverse; however they all share a commitment to excellence and common personal characteristics. A number of these qualities that we may seek to improve on our path to self-transformation include:
- Vision: “You have to dream. You have to allow yourself to believe that anything you put your mind to is possible” -Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Leaders have vision that includes a perfect and thrilling notion of their objectives to become a transformational leader. Often it is where your focus goes that your energy flows.
Credibility: In recent strategic planning sessions that I attended this month for professional affiliations, a key value that all executives agreed upon is integrity. The establishment of a reputation of trustworthiness developed from respect for the good character is priceless.
Enthusiasm: A respectable front-runner is passionate about their work. Persons will react more willingly to an individual that displays commitment.
Collaboration: The 80/20 rule applies here. Twenty percent of your people contribute to eighty percent of your outcome. Your capability to identify these individuals and then to collaborate with them is crucial to the smooth running of your development.
Confidence: “Lions do not have to roar. There is power in silence, confidence and persistence. ” – Les Brown. In order to lead the path, a leader should exude confidence. Such a team member inspires confidence in others and pulls out the conviction and best efforts of the team to complete the task well.
Analytical thinking: A noble leader is able to think analytically through viewing a situation as a whole and also through breaking it down into sub sections for scrutiny. While keeping the objective in view, a leader can tackle it by creating manageable steps to facilitate success.
Excellence: If you fail to plan then you definitely plan to fail. The commitment to excellence is a common attribute of leading executives. As we all know second best does not lead to success. The good leader not only upholds extraordinary standards, but also is pre-emptive in raising the bar in order to attain excellence.
The memoirs of most entrepreneurs are similar. In the Bible from the book of Genesis, Joseph was cast out by his family and sold into slavery. Through his own brilliance and vision, he became the pharaoh’s right-hand man. The leader’s job in inspiring personal transformation in others is vital. The more people you are able to positively influence, the more your influence and your success will grow.
About the Author
Tricia-Ann Smith DaSilva is a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers Jamaica and a Board Member of the American Board of Forensic Accounting.
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Revealing the secrets of perfection
On May 23, 2015, the Rolf Yasenevo dealership with the support of Jaguar Land Rover Russia and the club of owners of legendary British cars Jaguar Club held the final event for Jaguar customers – JAGUAR CITY QUEST.
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The event was held within the framework of the unique LIKE JAGUAR – WIN NEW JAGUAR XE competition, the special prize of which will be a new mid-size premium sports sedan –
Unusual quest tasks and the unique atmosphere of the British brand were created by the partners of the event.
Participants found the keys to perfection in the magnificent mansion of the industrialist and entrepreneur Simono, which was built in 1898 on the territory of his silk factory in the very center of Moscow.
Developed sleight of hand and imagination to stage a gallery robbery. In this they were assisted by the excellent staff of the Lumiere Brothers Photo Gallery. The most dexterous were invited for an individual excursion and acquaintance with the unique collection of the photo gallery.
And we learned to trust our senses in order to unravel the complex range of flavors of dishes prepared by the chefs of the Scottish Cage restaurant. This task was one of the most difficult, because the restaurant is famous for its unusual recipes of traditional dishes, as well as an amazing collection of whiskey and “the advice of a real Scottish grandmother.”
And at the finish point of the event in Jaguar Land Rover Boutique, all participants from Rolf Yasenevo were invited to test their accuracy and shoot from a real bow.
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Secrets of excellence. The Firm
Although Ron Daniel relied on Gluck for strategy, Daniel asked Cleveland CEO Jim Bennett to lead the compilation of McKinsey’s organizational performance data. Bennett, in turn, recruited Tom Peters, an energetic employee of the firm’s San Francisco office.Peters was tasked with laying the foundation for the project, including reviewing all of the management literature at the time, and examining the McKinsey client list. Bob Waterman later replaced Bennett as project leader. However, at that time the project was not among the company’s priorities. The expectations that the firm associated with work to improve organizational performance ranged from low to very low.
In fact, this is how McKinsey was transformed – but not immediately, but years later.
Although Peters was relatively brief at McKinsey and left under dubious circumstances, Peters is the most famous consultant ever. Peters was a huge influence on the firm and helped raise its profile beyond Bauer’s dreams. In fact, the firm’s influence has reached a level that Bauer would have found nightmare. Peters helped rebrand McKinsey, which resulted in the firm being seen as a group of thinkers. However, at the same time, not the best features were revealed – for example, a blatant inability to deal with a star employee.
Peters, a Cornell graduate specializing in civil engineering and construction, served four years in the Navy and then earned his MBA and PhD in organizational behavior from Stanford University. After a short time in the Office of Management and Budget, Peters was promoted to McKinsey in San Francisco in 1974. “At the time, McKinsey was a quiet place for people with no great goals or ambitions in life,”  Peters recalled.
Waterman, a Colorado School of Mines graduate with an MBA from Stanford, has worked at McKinsey since 1963. At the San Francisco office, Waterman focused on banking and timber products, before being sent overseas to help open an Osaka office in 1970 and later to run the Melbourne office for three years. After that, he did what few at McKinsey did: he took a long vacation and, with his wife and two children, left for Switzerland, where he taught for some time.“However, when Ron became managing director, he made it very clear that he didn’t like my absence,” said Waterman. “And we went back to San Francisco.” 
In 1977, Bennett put Peters in charge of a project to find out what, in addition to the areas of strategy and structure, makes companies effective (in these areas McKinsey has done a great job). Peters and Bennett (and then Waterman) studied the issue for several years. In search of an answer, Peters traveled the world, visiting 12 business schools and several American and European companies. Ultimately, Peters and his leaders summarized their findings in a twenty-page document they called Perfection. In July 1979, this document was presented to Shell, with Fred Gluck and Kenichi Ohmae speaking at the presentation.
Although Peters and Waterman managed to get an answer to the question: “What are you doing to improve your company?” – Hewlett-Packard President John Young and other senior executives were not interested in the presentation, despite the hopes of Peters and Waterman.They believed that the topic would enthrall any leader seeking to replicate the success of leading, exemplary American organizations.  The problem is that Shell had no doubts about its strength. Its executives knew what they knew and did not need Hewlett-Packard executives’ jokes on how to do business.
Peters recalled: “We received a terrible reception. Gluck talked a lot and tediously, and Omae talked about how the Japanese are conquering the world. We expected to be kicked out of the firm, and we canceled the show after 20 minutes.Shell didn’t want to hear about it. ” Fortunately, the audience included German partner Herb Henzler, who liked presentation . And Henzler sold the project idea to the German conglomerate Siemens. The work of Peters and Waterman suddenly paid off. From the fall of 1979 to the spring of 1980, Peters and Waterman continued to research and expand on the original work. But the next presentation of a report to 100 of PepsiCo’s top executives at Lyford Clay in the Bahamas in May 1980 was also unsuccessful.Peters explained the failure by the fact that the execution was not impressive, although the content of the report was fine.
Nevertheless, the work gradually conquered the minds, gained adherents, although mostly outside McKinsey. Bill Matassoni, head of communications at McKinsey, met with Liu Yang, editor of BusinessWeek, and on July 21, 1980, a successful study appeared on the magazine’s cover. Then Harper & Row called and offered to publish the book.The consultants jumped at the opportunity and soon had a working title, Secrets of Excellence.
However, although Peters and Waterman already had a contract to publish the book, the project still lacked strong international support. Secrets of Excellence was in part a job that insulted the firm’s traditional thinking. Peters and Waterman assumed that the secrets of success need not be calculated, because they might not lend themselves to rigorous analysis. They talked about the need to focus on customers and people rather than organizational charts and dynamic tables.
When Waterman enlisted two professors, Anthony Athos and Richard Pascal, the project got a boost. It was Athos and Pascal who suggested to Peters and Waterman to change the organization of the material: to supplement their loose and not always memorable concepts with a series of understandable examples. This structure became known as the 7-S model. If earlier Peters and Waterman had to talk about several topics, jumping from discussing people to discussing involvement, trust, attention to words, then thanks to this new understanding of the internal connections of the topics discussed, thoughts flowed smoothly – from skills, personnel, style, systems to structures, general values and strategies (this followed the tradition adopted by the majority of the consulting community, and especially at McKinsey: every thought should contain an odd number of 90,048 points requiring clarification).
In a way, it seemed like the thinking of a kindergarten child. Did serious managers need spoon feeding? But on the other hand, it is a gesture of courtesy towards the Boston Consulting Group and an appeal to the virtue of simplicity. In the end, the book cited the experience of 43 American companies doing business “perfectly” as an example. Peters and Waterman listed the characteristics of great companies. Such companies are prone to action, close to customers.Autonomy and entrepreneurial spirit reign in these companies. Such companies increase productivity and efficiency through employees, they emphasize practicality, determined by the estimated value, as well as perseverance, perseverance in work. Such companies are dominated by simple forms, they have few employees who have autonomy and at the same time are subject to strict discipline. The last expression is a euphemism, in the management jargon of the new century, meant control over personnel and freedom for senior management.
On the way to success, the book encountered one major obstacle. Upon hearing what the authors were going to name it, Bauer ordered the title “In Search of Excellence” changed because it gave the impression that the authors were intending to give away the secrets of McKinsey’s customers. “It pissed us off a lot,” Peters said. – But everything turned out for the better. “Looking for…” is better than “Secrets…” anyway. ”
The book “In Search of Excellence” was published in October 1982.The text on the back of the dust jacket accurately and succinctly conveyed the essence of the book: “Good news from America. THE ART OF AMERICAN MANAGEMENT exists – and it works! ” The message of this message is this: Despite the successes of Japanese and German competitors, American management still has everything it needs to win.
The book did indeed attack the McKinsey mindset, the idea that the secrets of success could be found in some analytical method or in a new corporate structure.Peters and Waterman’s book debunks the rationalistic idea that businesses, corporations, are machines that can be adjusted and tuned. Through their work, Peters and Waterman reminded managers of the basic principles of doing business: if managers do not listen to customers or employees, nothing else matters or makes sense. If the strategy revolution forced companies to pay more attention to what was happening outside of them than ever before, the book In Search of Excellence forced us to look (and intently) at what was happening inside companies.And it’s not just about financial management. The book talked about the attitude of management towards people who worked in companies. In short, the book was the first great manifesto of the concept of corporate culture.
Looking back, Peters expresses the opinion that the book was misunderstood as a manifestation of anxiety for the future of American business, expressed, however, with feigned optimism, in the spirit of the famous novels of E. H. Porter. “Consultants have always analyzed problems,” Peters later said.- Well, that’s what people pay consultants for. After all, we always deal with something that has broken. In Search of Excellence is the first book written about what works. The book had a purpose. By all accounts, the logic is that American management has gone astray and cannot find it again. This is a brutal frontal assault on American management and McKinsey thinking. In fact, 75% of the text is devoted to islands of hope, but specifically to islands, exceptions to the general rule. I consider In Search of Excellence to be a story of bad news. “ Whether the book is good or bad news, it has caught the attention of a whole new group of enthusiastic readers. Whereas traditional management literature was about how to get ahead, now Peters and Waterman were telling readers how to keep up with the race. 
Peters’ first publication on this topic was a lengthy article in a place of honor in the Wall Street Journal long before In Search of Excellence was published.In that article, Peters emphasized the importance of performing discipline and completely dismissed the idea of strategy. “Too many managers have overlooked the fundamentals of business: customer service, low-cost manufacturing, increased productivity, innovation, and risk taking,” Peters wrote. “In many cases, managers were seduced by the availability of an MBA, which provided“ state-of-the-art ”strategic planning techniques. Strategy graduates are smart, brilliant, but often unable to apply their knowledge, and the companies they work for end up losing the ability to act. “These words were not an indirect blow to McKinsey, but a direct attack on the firm. Mike Balkin, then head of the New York branch of the firm, demanded that Daniel fire the heretic. “I can’t say why there was such a lot of friction, but I definitely irritated a lot of people,” Peters recalled. 
The management elite, including Peter Drucker and Harvard Business School scholars, lashed out at the book. The book was called “frivolous, anecdotal nonsense” and “strikingly banal.”The book contained a lot of what Matthew Stewart, author of Myths About Management, called irrefutable truisms. Peters and Waterman talked about “propensity to act” (who would favor inaction?) And advised executives to “be closer to customers” (who would advise the opposite?). “Since Peters’ speech, it has become clear that the market for empty and meaningless advice disguised as deep insights has no boundaries,” Stewart wrote. “Aspiring gurus seem to understand that the road to riches is paved with falsified clichés and blatantly unfounded pseudo-theories.No feeling is too obvious or too trivial not to be considered part of the art of management, if it uses a couple of expressions from professional jargon and after them put an exclamation point! ”
Stewart was not the only critic to denounce the “scientific discoveries” of Peters and Waterman as the tautology that these discoveries were, at least to anyone who has ever worked with a group of people. Most of Peters and Walterman’s revelations are platitudes.You might want to pay attention to people – for example, if these people have something to say. Good advice is to act as a team. Helping people find meaning in the work they are doing will undoubtedly yield positive results – another pointless wish. Perhaps the most autocratic CEOs lost their understanding of how to manage people in the postwar boom, but Peters and Waterman’s book hardly surprised anyone who stopped thinking about such things.Nevertheless, people liked the book, and among the passengers of business class cabins on any flight you could see a person avidly reading it. At that time, the economy was in trouble. The unemployment rate was as high as 10%, and readers yearned for some way out of the situation.
Peters left McKinsey in December 1981. It happened eight months before the book hit the shelves of bookstores. Indeed, both he and Waterman realized that they no longer fit into the McKinsey model.In fact, at that moment it was clear to everyone. “Tom became more and more independent of the firm and went so far as to show up to work in shorts and panamas with propellers,” Waterman recalled. – It was similar to the behavior of a child who said: “I will continue to walk in these rags until you pull me down.” In the end, I said that if he continued to behave this way, we would both be fired. ” Waterman helped Peters get termination benefits. This allowance included a monthly advance payment of $ 10,000 for the completion of the book.dollars (this amount Peters had to return to the firm) and a 50% share of the royalties paid to McKinsey. Very good deal terms.
No one imagined how popular the book “In Search of Excellence” would be. Its publication is a very different matter than the contract with Jack Welch for the books “Straight from the Gut” ( “ The very essence” ) and the order for publication in the million copies. No one outside McKinsey knew Peters and Waterman. The first print run of their book was only 5,000 copies.Three years after its first edition, with 5,000,000 copies sold – Looking For … was the first management book ever to top the bestseller list. The second is Peters’ Passion for Excellence.
An interesting detail: in addition to the remuneration paid to McKinsey (the firm cut royalties when the authors finished work on the book, and did this because Waterman’s client ceased to generate income), Waterman received nothing for the book.When the book began to sell out like hotcakes on a cold day, Waterman raised the question of how Peters and McKinsey should split the royalties from sales. The firm tried to pacify him by raising his salary (Waterman received more money in one year than Ron Daniel), but his special treatment of Waterman caused discontent among partners. When Bantam Books offered Waterman a multi-million dollar contract in 1984 to write two more books, Daniel ordered Waterman not to sign the contracts until McKinsey figured out how the book proceeds would be distributed.After meeting with Jim Bennett, Daniel and Waterman could not come to an agreement, and Daniel told Waterman: “If you sign these contracts, you will have to leave the firm.” To which Waterman replied: “I know, but I’m going to go all the way and sign contracts anyway. That’s how I left the firm. ”
The Peters and Waterman Lectures became so popular that both were rarely at home. Waterman said that in the first year after the book was published, he slept in his own bed for only 14 nights.Both co-authors have had distinguished careers as lecturers and writers, with Peters becoming the world’s first most successful management guru.
The question arises as to whose efforts (Gluck, who was in strategy, or Peters and Waterman, who developed organizational matters) had a stronger influence on McKinsey and her newfound love of knowledge. Readers can decide for themselves. McKinsey definitely appreciated Gluck’s work more. The subsequent election of Gluck as managing director became evidence.Gluck’s work probably brought in more revenue for the firm than Peters and Waterman’s book. On the other hand, the book by Peters and Waterman heralded the beginning of an era of corporate culture that brought tremendous benefits to the firm. “No matter what advertisements say about the real value of 7-S schemes, in the 1980s, these schemes were definitely an invaluable generator of income,” said one former employee of the firm. “The fact that ‘serious’ consultants viewed these concepts as too weak and shaky to justify high rates did not prevent consultants from capitalizing on the almost magical ability of these concepts to generate work.”
Although Peters and Waterman’s book sales were strong and not declining, many of the “perfect” companies did not hold back. BusinessWeek, which served as a launching pad for the book’s sky-high takeoff, two years later, casually fired at the book: the author of the article with the title “Ouch!” who were called perfect by Peters and Waterman are no longer perfect.Many, from Atari to IBM, were now struggling. The publication says something about McKinsey’s status at the time. And that was the first article that new editor Steve Shepard had on the cover of a magazine. McKinsey has been officially recognized as a worthy target.
The relationship with McKinsey still irritates Peters. “The McKinsey people had an immense faith in themselves,” Peters said. – If the concept of “intellectual arrogance” had not yet been invented, it should have been invented for the employees of the company.But let me say this: I am 60 years old, and I was lucky – the Lord smiled at me, but I am scared to death of people from McKinsey. ” The firm even found a way to stab Peters in a story written for employees. “There is a signature under my photograph, and this signature gave me a fit of hysterical laughter,” Peters said. “They call me an undisciplined but brilliant employee. No objection to the definition of “brilliant”, but the definition of “undisciplined” makes me blush.An undisciplined person cannot write 16 books, do 3000 performances in 30 years, during which I had to work 18 hours a day. This is a typical McKinsey disgusting trick. Why talk about it? ” (one of the firm’s partners responded to Peters’ words:“ He just says so. Three thousand speeches and 16 books are exactly what we had in mind. He is undisciplined. focus on two clients and one book. ”
Waterman has fond memories of the firm.“At first, Marvin Bauer was terribly afraid of me,” Waterman recalled. – I was nothing special in his eyes until I became director. And then we became friends. Bauer loved In Search of Perfection. He was already in his 90s when he called me and asked: “Do you mind if I quote you?” I said: “Lord, Marvin, quote me as much as you like and when you deem it necessary.”  However, Waterman, like Peters, could show disdain for the firm. “At what McKinsey does, she is arguably the best in the world.But by and large, what she does is perhaps not that important … McKinsey thinks they are selling grand strategies and great ideas. But in fact, the role of the firm is to retain managers, prevent them from doing a lot of stupid things. The people of the firm are excellent at doing analytical work, but analysis will not lead your company to the top. ” Of course, there are many people who think that the book “In Search of Perfection” is just a mess. McKinsey may be spreading porridge on the tables in the offices of senior executives, but management gurus can be accused of doing the same in their books.
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The most expensive and refined product of all perfumery is perfume (French name – Parfum or Extrait). The perfume contains the highest percentage of aromatic composition, the percentage of aromatic oils (20-40%). It is customary to use perfume in the evening, on special and solemn occasions. It is enough to apply a few drops on the inner side of the wrist, elbow bends, on the hollow at the chest and your favorite aroma will accompany you everywhere, from 6 to 12 hours
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Eau de Toilette – is an alcohol-water solution of an average of 80-85% with the addition of aromatic compositions, most often it contains from 4 to 7% of essential oils.The longevity of eau de toilette is limited from 2 to 4 hours, but it is an ideal daytime option for the summer heat, office and other situations when a strong and haunting scent is inappropriate. Eau de toilette can be applied not only to skin and hair, but also to clothes
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Secrets of stellar perfection from a beauty salon
The Hydradermie procedure from the French beauty institute “GUINOT” for more than forty years of its existence has become a real cosmetological ritual capable of harmonizing energy, returning youth and health to the skin, giving the face a radiant beauty. A similar effectiveness of the procedure is associated with the penetration of active ingredients into the skin due to the effect of microcurrents. The result is visible immediately after the cosmetic session, and therefore Hydradermie is endowed with the status of a “star”, a favorite procedure.
At the end of last year, the specialists of the GUINOT laboratory have done almost impossible: they have improved the seemingly flawless Hydradermie, presenting a new, exclusive Hydradermie procedure “Double ionization”, which is already available for clients of the Lavsonia beauty salon.
The principle of “Double ionization” is based on providing the epidermis with not only positively, but also negatively charged ions. This was not available in the previous version of Hydradermie, which implied ionization only with a positive charge, while the negative electrode was held by the client in the hand.
From now on, the visitor can completely relax and get the maximum effect from the procedure. The new technological solution allows active ingredients with negative polarity such as hyaluronic, salicylic, nucleic and fruit acids, as well as amino acids and vitamins E, C, F to penetrate into the deep layers of the skin.
Before the procedure, our cosmetologist-aesthetist Evgenia Terekhova conducts a consultation, clarifying the client’s expectations for skin care. Depending on the task, serum-gels are selected, of which there are seven in the updated line: moisturizing, nourishing, cleansing, soothing, brightening, smoothing wrinkles, rejuvenating.There are also two separate serum-gels for specific areas – anti-wrinkle in the eye area and firming for the neck and décolleté. The Double Ionization procedure can also use a whole combination of several, depending on the problem.
The penetration of the gel into the tissue is provided by the action of the current. On flat areas of the skin – forehead, cheeks, neck, décolleté – electrodes with anatomical roller shape are used. On specific areas – nasolabial folds, chin, circular muscles around the eye – electrodes in the form of balls are used.
Skin treatment with electrodes stimulates microcirculation in tissues and improves oxygen supply to the face. Then a modeling relaxing massage is performed with the application of a massage serum in order to remove toxins, restore lifting, and relax muscles.
The duration of the procedure can be up to one and a half hours. Restrictions to use include the presence of metal implants, eczema, violations of the integrity of the skin, pregnancy. In other cases, the range of applications is endless and not tied to age, because healthy, radiant, rested skin is the secret of perfection regardless of the season and gender.By the way, for the stronger sex there is a special male version of “Double ionization” Hydradermie, developed taking into account the specifics of the anatomy of male skin.
The number of required procedures is variable, however, experts recommend taking a full course, consisting of four sessions at intervals of a week. Such an integrated approach to taking care of your own appearance has a long lasting effect that will be reflected not only on your face, but also in your mood and spiritual harmony.
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90,000 Holy Land: Salon at home. Secrets of Perfection
“Ah, what a bliss it is to know that you are perfection!” – is sung in a famous children’s song. From a young age, we strive for the ideal, dreaming of a toned body, high breasts, smooth legs, firm buttocks and silky skin. But the older we get, the more we are convinced: maintaining, and even more so, acquiring ideal forms requires a huge amount of effort and time, and … we often give up, ceasing to take care of ourselves.But if you are not lazy, and even choose the right cosmetics, it is quite possible to preserve a beautiful body and velvety skin until old age.
It is not so difficult to achieve that the skin becomes soft and smooth. Just make it a rule to take care of your neck, shoulders, hands and décolleté skin as regularly as you do your face – i.e. 2-3 times a week for intensive cleansing and moisturizing. To do this, you will need cosmetics from the famous Israeli company Holy Land of the Mythologic line: Soap Peel scrub, Hydro Mask and Silky Body Lotion.
1. Apply Soap Peel to damp skin of neck, décolleté, shoulders and brushes, add water and massage vigorously for 2-3 minutes. Soap is both a peeling and a cleansing agent as it contains fine abrasive particles immersed in a mixture of herbal extracts of chamomile, fennel, lemon balm and cleansing ingredients. Rinse off the soap with water.
2. Apply a thin layer of the Hydro Mask and hold for 10 minutes. The mask will refresh, moisturize and restore the skin, make it smoother, help regulate the fat balance and whiten age spots.Rinse off the mask with running water and wipe your skin with non-chlorinated water.
3. Apply Silky Body Lotion containing herbal extracts, multivitamin complex, unsaturated fatty acids and biominerals. In general, after a shower or bath, do not forget to at least occasionally wipe your body with this lotion, and your skin will thank you for your care, showing you the softness of velvet and the tenderness of silk.
Life without “oranges”
As some cosmetologists say: “Everyone has cellulite, only the stages differ.”Whether it is true or not, 80% of women are concerned about the appearance of the skin on the thighs and buttocks and strive to improve its condition. Without taking into account radical methods like mesotherapy, in fact, the main methods in the fight against the “orange peel” are anti-cellulite massage and anti-cellulite wraps.
Holy Land cosmetics company offers a whole line of products to resist cellulite deposits: Soap Peel Scrub, Remodeling Prepping Lotion, Remodeling Cellulite Gel and Silky Body Lotion.They need to be used in the premenstrual period and while visiting a bath or sauna. To achieve the desired effect, the procedures should be carried out every other day with a course of 10-12 procedures from the beginning of the menstrual cycle, 5-6 procedures – in the premenstrual period.
The procedure is as follows:
1. Apply Soap Peel to the problem areas, add water, massage intensively for 2-3 minutes. Then wash off the soap with water.
2. Wipe the skin with a cotton swab and the Remodeling Prepping Lotion.This unique complex combines the properties of a peeling and a warming lotion. The fruit acids contained in its composition ensure the renewal of the epidermis, brighten the skin, even out its texture, and camphor and menthol improve blood microcirculation, which allows other preparations applied after the lotion to act more intensively.
3. Apply a thin layer of Remodeling Cellulite Gel, massage into skin for 5-10 minutes. Remodeling Cellulite Gel effectively smoothes the skin and actively affects subcutaneous fat, as it contains arnica extract, caffeine, essential oils and apple extract.
If you are at home:
Wrap cling film over problem areas and dress. Remove the film after 2 hours. Shower, apply Silky Body Lotion.
If you are in a sauna or bath:
Despite intense tingling, try to stay in the sauna or steam bath for 10-15 minutes. Then shower, apply Silky Body Lotion.
Beautiful female legs are the subject of tireless male admiration and pride of the beautiful half of humanity.But what if the skin on the legs became coarse, began to peel off, and a mesh of capillaries appeared on the surface? Holy Land cosmetics will help to cope with these problems.
The first thing to do is to apply Foot Treatment Cream as often as possible after a bath or shower. Second, as needed, carry out procedures for moisturizing the skin of the feet with such products as the Mythologic Scrub Peel soap-scrub containing crushed apricot and almond kernels, and the Mythologic Mineral Mask, which includes minerals from the Dead Sea, as well as antiseptic components – sulfur and extract calendula.
The foot treatment consists of the following steps:
1. Apply the Scrub Peel to moisturized skin from knees to toes. Add water, massage each leg for 5 minutes, wash off the soap with running water.
2. Apply a thin layer of the Mineral Mask. Let it sit for 15 minutes, rinse it off with running water.
3. Apply Foot Treatment Cream to nourish and hydrate your feet.
Author: Natalya Svetlakova
Based on the book “Salon at home”.Corporation of aesthetic medicine “OPTIMED” in the framework of the educational program “Academy of the sophisticated consumer”.
90,000 The hygge was replaced by the wabi-sabi philosophy – the perfection of imperfection
West and East – as two sides of the same coin, so different, they complement each other. The progress of the West is racing by leaps and bounds, while in the East they ceremoniously drink tea, talking about snails crawling along the mountain slopes. Although I am exaggerating, the old oriental philosophies (for example, wabi-sabi) are fundamentally different from the modern hectic world, giving us the opportunity to take a break from the desires imposed by the consumer society.
Mysterious philosophy of antiquity
What kind of beast is this “wabi-sabi” (not to be confused with wasabi) that aroused such intense interest? There is no literal translation of the term; many interpret the name of philosophy in their own way. Wabi-sabi is imperfect beauty, grace of modesty, transience, tranquility in solitude. How do you understand that you are experiencing the emotions generated by wabi-sabi? This is the feeling when you pick up a simple cup with a crack on the handle. As a child, this was your favorite cup and tea made from it still tastes better than from the most elegant porcelain service.It is a sadly ringing string in the soul when you look at an autumn park with simple wooden benches that never knew how to paint. Trees drop leaves under your feet, whose withering elegance is so beautiful. It is a gentle wave of love when you put on a sweater knitted by your grandmother. The pattern on it has long gone out of fashion, but so what? You won’t trade it for even the most stylish designer outfit. Wabi-sabi – a vase with a chipped hole, a tattered cover of your favorite book and a simple pendant with a “chicken god” found on a warm beach as a child.
Do not think that the adherents of this worldview are hoarders, like Gobsek, shaking over rubbish, storing old newspapers and other rubbish in the house. It is believed that wabi sabi is akin to minimalism, but let me disagree with this opinion. An adherent of the philosophy of beauty of imperfection can buy a teddy bear – an old one with patches. The minimalist will pass by, even if the toy has aroused pleasant feelings in him, because there is no practical use in it. Although there are few household items in a minimalist house, they can all be new – without flaws.An adherent of wabi-sabi can get aesthetic pleasure by contemplating unnecessary objects with a touch of antiquity, if they cause awe in him.
Echoes of amazing Japanese philosophy can also be found in the world of haute couture, where vintage clothing is in great demand. It is not uncommon for designers to add a touch of incompleteness to their designs. Wabi sabi outfits can be created from worn fabric. However, there are also pitfalls that Western fashion designers come across every now and then.A striking example of violation of the principles of wabi-sabi was the collection of the Belgian Martin Margiela (founder of the French fashion house Maison Margiela), who created outfits with … mold! Mold was grown artificially on fabrics literally overnight, which goes against the philosophy of natural wilting beauty.
Wabi-sabi in interior and exterior design
This philosophy is reflected not only in worldviews, but also in ornaments and decorations of houses. This style is characterized by calm tones: gray, beige, all shades of pastel colors.Wabi-sabi marvelously combines with the desire of the modern world for sustainable materials: wood and stone. A pair of unpretentious flowerpots – and a simple gray wall will become an exquisite background, emphasizing with its simplicity the beauty of adorable buds.
Has the unpainted fence in the country house slightly squinted? Do not rush to reproach the owners for being lazy, because such details look cozy.
There is no need to rush to the auction for an old amphora, because you can put on the table a clay jug inherited from your great-grandmother.Some trample on the very foundations of philosophy, spending fabulous sums on luxury decorations, ala “retro”. How do you distinguish imitation from authentic wabi sabi style? It is easy to recognize by peeling paint, unlacquered parquet flooring, a slight coating of rust, worn upholstery or soft moss.
To experience the true spirit of wabi sabi, imperfection must be created by time itself. Do not hit objects, age them artificially, or break them on purpose.Do you like the idea itself, but don’t want to surround yourself with old things? Well, there is no need to zealously follow the wabi-sabi philosophy. A pair of authentic items will soften the unnecessary gloss of the interior with their simplicity. If you set out to create in your home an atmosphere of natural beauty of being with all its errors, choose only those items that cause you peace of mind. They should please the eye with their flaws. As a tribute to the homeland of philosophy, Japanese motives may be present in the design.For example, ikebana or sakura twigs will be a great decoration for a room.
A panacea for the bustle of life
Why did we decide to talk about wabi-sabi? Wabi-sabi is Zen, the cure for the hustle and bustle of being. This is a teaching on how to see beauty around you, not in ideal things, but in imperfection. And modern people need it like a breath of fresh air. We are too keen on acquiring more and more new things. Our wardrobes are bursting with outfits, and we groan “There is nothing to wear.”Some people buy a brand new phone model almost every six months, for which they are ready to save on food and walk. Is there an urgent need for this? Will your friends stop respecting you when they see you wearing shoes from last season? Would your loved one appreciate you less for lack of a fancy handbag? Novelty, high cost, perfection of forms are not always synonymous with beauty. Beauty is born in the eyes of the beholder, sometimes hiding in the simplest details.
I do not urge you to put on a loincloth, leaving only a chipped cup and a dry bouquet of daisies in the house.However, it does not bother us all to think about whether we really need mountains of things, or do we buy them for the sake of fashion? Don’t rush from one extreme to the other. Yes, the consumer society is stigmatized by all and sundry, but it gives us jobs and stability. Planning to make a trendy home renovation? Go for it! You don’t have to convince yourself that a piece of wallpaper that has fallen off is nothing. Just listen to your inner voice, maybe he will say: “Why should we take out a loan for new accessories? The old chair is so strong and so comfortable! “At the same time, get rid of the yoke of the eternal lack of money.
Many of us suffer from trying to keep up with the ideal. Girls cut their noses, God knows what they pump into their bodies, creating big breasts and plump lips.