Surviving the Summer Without Breaking the Bank

It happens every year, for 11 long months you work away quietly, taking the odd break here and there to maintain your sanity, in the hope that it’ll all pay off in the end, and it almost always does.

December finally rolls around, and you indulge. You buy gifts, spoil yourself and your friends, take a trip, and generally embrace the spirit of the festive season.  But, in the back of your mind you know it’s coming, marching along slowly with nothing in its way to stop it; January. And along with it the cost of all those good times.

We’ve put together a survival guide of sorts to help see you through to the end of the month without emptying your savings account.

One of the biggest expenses that we all have to carry is transport. From home to work, to the shops, to school, and wherever else it’s unavoidable. But there is a way to cut down; make fewer trips.

The easiest ways to do that is to do all your shopping in one spot. Better yet, do all your shopping, exercise, and self-care in place – The Point Mall! Between the first two floors, you’ll find all your shopping needs satisfied, from groceries to electronics, and everything in between.

Head to the third floor for your wellness kick, where you’ll find fitness classes, yoga, Pilates, physiotherapy and several other options to choose from.

Now that you’re where you need to be, shop smart. The outlets at The Point want to help you as much as we do, you need to look in the right places.

Checkers is running a range of promotions over the season including excellent back to school specials that have kept over 100 products at 2018’s prices, and their weekend savings which give you R20 back for every R200 you spend – they’re putting money back into your pocket! Dischem is running supplement specials and a cosmetics sale until the middle of the month, and Sportsmans Warehouse is running their biggest sale of the year.

On the fitness front, get more for less at select studios. Wild Thing Yoga & Body Conditioning offer a week’s free classes as does Living Life Pilates.

Yemaya Spa & Hair has a range of specials to choose from and let’s not forget about Bootlegger’s coffee loyalty app, get one free coffee for every ten you buy.

Surviving January doesn’t have to be all that hard, you’ve just got to be smart, plan, and keep an eye open for those amazing deals!

Until next time,

The Point Team

People Of The Point: Gareth Glassman

The last People of the Point for 2018 features Gareth Glassman from Cellucity.

 

Gareth has been in the cellular industry since 2009 where he started in sales, he was promoted to Data Specialist and is now, Branch Manager. He has worked in Century City, the Waterfront and currently manages the Sea Point branch in The Point.

Read more about what inspires him and why he loves his job.

 

What does your role entail?

I manage Cellucity The Point. I have a team of eight staff, and I am in charge of Cellucity Information and Senior Fibre Sales.

 

What is the best part of what you do at work?

The best part would be educating my team members and helping them get better at what they do to reach their full potential, regardless of circumstance. Having clients walk out of the store extremely happy with the service or advice they received is a goal of mine.

What is your hobby?

Going to the gym to train. I believe a healthy body equals a healthy mind, and in our industry, a healthy mind goes a long way.

 

Are you travelling anywhere for the festive season? Do you have anything exciting planned?

I won’t be travelling this festive season. Holidays are all about family, so being home with everyone is exciting for me.

 

What is your passion?

Helping people, whether it’s helping clients who have issues with their cellphones, or helping a team member reach a goal. In a world where everyone looks out for themselves, I like being the person who looks out for others.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I like to collect watches; I currently have more than 30 pieces in my collection.

 

Who is the person that inspires you?

I am inspired by people who take risks to reach their goals regardless of their circumstances.

 

What is your favourite Christmas meal?

It would have to be chicken and roast potatoes; I could eat it daily!

 

Last question, what is on your wish list for Christmas this year?

A new tattoo is definitely on my wish list this year.

 

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Gareth as much as we did.

 

If you want to see someone specific as our next People Of The Point click here to nominate them.

 

Until next time,

The Point Team

 

 

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.

 

Bon Appétit,

The Point Team x