PEOPLE OF THE POINT: CARINE GLASS
This go-getting entrepreneur founded an experiential marketing and events agency in 2008, thus fulfilling a dream to start her own business.
In the past decade, she has launched both new products and brands for one of the leading cosmetics, skincare and fragrance companies in the world, and her latest project – RAFAELA LEAH – is a continuation of her passion for excellence and innovation in all things luxurious.
After more than ten years in beauty PR and eventing, Carine is ready to unveil her sensational new undertaking, by launching her very own jewellery brand.
Tell us more about Rafaela Leah and how it started
I grew up in a jewellery environment with both parents having forged careers in this very exciting industry before I was born, so my love for the trade started at a very young age. For over a decade, I actually ran my own corporate events business but in 2016 I decided to change my professional direction, and less than a year later I launched RAFAELA LEAH online jewellery store. Six months after that, we opened our first retail kiosk.
Rafaela Leah is named after your daughter and your jewellery is named after females who have inspired you, who are some of your favourite inspirations?
My children are my biggest inspiration and the driving force behind everything that I do! After them, I draw inspiration from the amazing women with whom I spend my time – family members, friends as well as colleagues and other women in business. Hence the reason I give them all praise in my business my naming jewellery after them!
You were in marketing and events why the change?
A personal event 2 years ago made me re-evaluate how, where and with whom I want to spend my time. Whilst the events business is exciting and comes with many perks, it also means extensive travelling and time away from home and loved ones.
What was your thought/goal when starting Rafaela Leah?
I really want to provide women with stunning jewellery items that are of the highest calibre. RAFAELA LEAH is all about uncompromising quality, yet the range is also priced attractively. I want everyone to aspire to own a piece of RAFAELA LEAH jewellery, but still, ensure the brand remains affordable. It makes me incredibly excited to position this brand on the cutting edge of the South African jewellery industry.
Are there any exciting projects/ ranges launches/collaborations in the pipeline?
We are launching the MIKAEL NOAH men’s collection towards the end of August which I’m thrilled about – the South African market has been lacking in trendy men’s accessories and jewellery, which I’m planning to change – so watch this space!
What is the best part of being in your industry?
I love spending time at my kiosk and with my customers when I get the chance – getting to know them and what jewellery they like is key to building and maintaining a successful jewellery brand.
What inspires and empowers you about women?
Margaret Thatcher sums it up for me – I just love this quote from her “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman”.
How do you try to inspire and empower women?
By encouraging them to have a voice, be it in the workplace with their colleagues or at home with their families. Women need to shift the perceptions they have about themselves and the other women around them. We can wear the pretty lipstick and still go to battle! We shouldn’t have to make a choice between being feminine and balsy.
What is your wish for your daughter and future woman?
That she, and all of our daughters, will hopefully not have to spend so much of their valuable time and energy proving that they are as capable as their brothers!
Thank you, Carine, for being such a wonderful inspiration to all women, everywhere.
Till next month,
The Point Team x
Winter Warmers: Soups
With Winter on our doorstep, we can think of no better dinner than a delicious warm soup with some fresh bread to accompany it. In this post, we look at 5 soups to suit everyone’s tastes, from beef to beans and even a vegan option or two. With all this variety, we are sure you’re bound to find your new favourite, here!
First and foremost is the well known and loved, Butternut soup. We like to pair it with a fresh, crispy roll and toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish. Bonus, this soup is vegan too.
Serves: 4-6 people
Cooking time: 1hour 30 min
Find the recipe here: https://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/spiced_butternut_squash_soup
Second on the list, is a winter warmer that is as legendary for its taste as it is for its cold-fighting capabilities. There is no better dish when you’re under the weather and we love it served with noodles rather than bread.
Serves: 10 people
Cooking time: 1hour
Find the recipe here: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/the-ultimate-chicken-noodle-soup
Tomato soup isn’t always the first choice but we think it might have something to do with not finding the right flavour combination. Next time try a grilled cheese with this classic soup, we guarantee that this will make your taste buds dance. If you prefer a vegan version, swap regular cheese for your favourite vegan brand and presto, you have a great flavour combo at your fingertips!
Serves: 6 people
Cooking time: 1hour
Find the recipe here: https://www.blissfulbasil.com/dreamy-vegan-tomato-soup/
For those who prefer a rich and hearty winter warmer, this delicious beef soup will tick all the right boxes. Perfectly paired with a freshly baked loaf or some delectable dumplings, but more importantly, a delicious glass of red.
Serves: 8 people
Cooking time: 1hour 50 min
Find the recipe here: https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/best-beef-soup/2b97b987-4495-471d-8439-5c49c9259b3d
Last but surely not least, we had to include the comforting and flavourful bean soup. We love this option just as it is; no garnish or sides needed. The best part is that this soup only takes fifteen minutes to prepare, so you will have dinner done before you can say “Supper is served”!
Serves: 4 people
Cooking time: 15 min
Find the recipe here: https://www.food24.com/Recipes/Old-fashioned-bean-soup-20091103
Soup doesn’t have to be boring or bland, try one of these scrumptious soups for dinner and wow your friends and family.
The Point Team x
OUR TOP 5 HIKING SPOTS IN CAPE TOWN
If the inner-city hustle and bustle is getting too much for you or you simply need to disconnect from reality for a bit, there really is nothing more rejuvenating than a hike in mother nature.
Thankfully Cape Town is home to many wonderful hiking trails. In this post, we are going to share our Top 5 with you.
We had to start off with the most iconic route.
Day and night people stream up and down this popular hike which offers the most magnificent views of the city. Everyone should do this at least once, preferably on a day with clear skies to allow you a view of Robbin Island.
DURATION: +- 1 ½ hours
THE PIPE TRACK
This walk starts at the junction of Tafelberg Road and Kloof Nek. The Pipe Track is precisely what it says: a path constructed to service a pipeline running below the series of peaks known as the Twelve Apostles. In several places, the path is very stony, but it is an easily accessible and popular walk, with many locals making regular use of certain sections.
This route is best enjoyed early on summer mornings and especially during winter when many of its protea species are in bloom.
DURATION: +- 4 ½ hours
Another relatively easy route and part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Crystal Pools offers hikers breathtaking views as well as swimming spots to cool down in.
Pre-booking is advised, permits are R65 per person, and gate times are from sunrise to sunset.
DURATION: 2-4 hours
The dog-friendly and relatively shaded trails are great for the family. There are numerous tracks to choose from including sights like the ruins of Lady Anne Barnard’s cottage and Rhodes Memorial.
With great picnic spots on offer as well as the Rhodes Memorial Restuarant, an early morning hike with a spot of brunch or lunch makes for the perfect day out!
DURATION: 3 hours
OLIFANTSBOS SHIPWRECK TRAIL
At the risk of repeating ourselves, this is another easy hike for the whole family.
The Thomas T. Tucker Shipwreck Trail will have you following the yellow flagged markers along the trail down to the beach. With this amazing sea view and wildlife galore, it’s not only a fun day out but educational too!
DURATION: 1 ½ hours
Some hiking tips to remember…
What to wear:
- comfortable, breathable clothing
- hat and sunscreen
- hiking shoes
What to pack:
- snacks/ lunch
- lots of liquids/ water
- swimming costume
- extra socks
- warm top
Rules for Personal Security:
- Do not attract unwanted attention by openly displaying cash, cameras or other valuables.
- If you are confronted by a criminal, don’t resist. Handover your goods as resistance might incite a mugger to violence.
- Program emergency numbers in your cell phone before your hike.
Of course, there are plenty of other hikes to enjoy but why not get started on one of these, this weekend? Just grab your mates, pack your kit and off you go.
The Point Team x
PEOPLE OF THE POINT: MARA MANENTSA
April’s People of The Point is none other than our very own Mara Manentsa. Half of our Centre Management duo, and passionate about making your day better, he started with us from the ground up and is not stopping till he gets all the way to the top!
We are so happy to have him as part of our The Point family and look forward to having you learn more about him too.
How long have you been working for the point?
I started four years ago when we demolished the old building. I worked on site and with the team to grow into my position.
What do you do at the point?
I am assistant Centre Manager at The Point, I work with Juan to make sure that everything in the centre runs smoothly while helping our customers where I can.
What do you love most about your job?
To help people, to make sure they are happy and to learn more about management.
Are you studying anything now?
Yes, I’m doing a Management Development Programme at the University of the Western Cape.
What are your hobbies?
Playing with my kids, listening to music and seeing my friends.
What does freedom mean for you?
Freedom is exploring the desire inside yourself. People can’t stop your desire, to learn or be who you want to be, it’s not about race and religion it’s about willpower and what’s inside you.
Would you rather be completely invisible for one day or be able to fly for one day?
Would you rather never use social media sites/apps again or never watch another movie or TV show?
I can’t live without social media.
Would you rather find your true love or a suitcase with five million dollars inside?
True love, hands down!