Here's How To Embrace Autumn In Joburg

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As the seasons change, there are mixed emotions on whether we love it or hate it. To help you love it, here are our top ideas on how to embrace autumn in Joburg. autumn-994897_960_720

View The Change In Season

Other than the sudden chill in the air and the oh-so obvious darkness in the mornings, the trees are starting to change colour and lose their leaves! From bright and vibrant green to beautiful, deep and rich shades of brown, auburn, red and orange, the city it transforming into an autumn wonderland! And what better place to view this seasonal change than by visiting one of the city's parks and taking a leisurely stroll through the leaves? Don't forget to take your phone along with you to snap a few shots for Instagram! A few parks to definitely visit during this season is the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and the Water Sisulu Botanical Gardens.

Declutter Your Wardrobe & Space

A change in season means a change in wardrobe. This is the perfect time to start packing away all those summer shorts, flowy sundresses and sandals and replace them with warm jerseys, bulky jackets and stylish boots. But while you do the wardrobe switch up, why sort through all your clothes and donate the items you no long want to the less fortunate? Not only will you be doing something kind but you'll also be making room for new seasonal fashion must-haves! We all know how cold our city can get during the chillier months, so why not do something nice and donate your old clothes and other pre-loved items you no longer need or use.

Pamper Yourself 

Now, just because you will be wearing cozy boots doesn't mean it's time to neglect the toes and not enjoy a well-deserved pedi! Any season is the right time to have a spoil and get your toes done so that they look amazing when they do come out of those new fashionable boots you bought for the upcoming chilly season. And not to worry, you don't need to bust the bank to enjoy beautiful toes! Here's a few spots in Johannesburg where you can get a pedicure for under R350!

Start Prepping Your Garden

Although we are embracing the new season and everything that comes along with it right now, there's no harm in planning and thinking ahead, especially when it comes to our gardens! It's tome to start prepping your garden for spring! To get your started and to get the best advice on what to plant when and where in your garden, visit one of the city's plant nurseries and garden centres. One garden centre we highly recommend you visit is Lifestyle Home Garden Centre in Randpark Ridge. Not only will they have plenty of inspiration for your garden, but they're also currently hosting their 2021 Lifestyle Garden Design Show.

Make Your Home Cozy

A change is as good as a holiday, so put away all of those brightly coloured scatter cushions and vibrant decor and replace them with items with a more autumn colour palette and feel. Think soft rugs on bare floors, throws over couches to cuddle in when the evenings get colder, and perhaps a little heater in the corner of your living room. But if you're looking to save on electricity during the colder months (because let's face it, we use more electricity to keep us warm during winter, resulting in sky high electric bills), then here are a few tips and easy changes to keep you warm without the heater this winter. Be sure to visit your nearest homeware stores to shop for some chilly night essentials!

Visit Joburg's Top Markets

Before the cold hits, why not enjoy the cool yet still warmer days of autumn by visiting one of the city's top markets? Not only will you get to enjoy the fresh autumn air and enjoy the scenery, but you'll also just to shop for some lovely, locally made items, tuck into some delicious season treats and even get a few steps in along the way as your wander through all of the stores. This makes for a lovely autumn day out and about in the city. We suggest a trip to the Fourways Farmers Market at Modderfontein Reserve, just 10km from Sandton.

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Image from Fourways Farmers Market.

Why Not Start A New Hobby? 

Since you will be spending a little more time indoors as the seasons change and the weather gets chillier, why not pick up on a brand-new hobby to do in the comfort of your own home? This one isn't only fun but it'll most definitely keep you warm! If you don't know how to knit, now is the chance to learn! You can make your own scarf, beanie, quilted blanket, and if you become a knitting master, even a few jerseys for you and your loved ones! Here's where you can get started on your winter knitting journey. Trust us, it's easy to start!

knitting wool in various colours with knitting needles

Catch A Movie!

A new month means there's a bunch of new movie releases at a cinema near you! So, what are you waiting for? Head to your nearest cinema, buy some snacks and a ticket to a movie of your choice and enjoy! No matter what you're in the mood for, be it something hilarious that'll leave you laughing yourself silly or something for the entire family to enjoy, you're bound to find the right movie at the cinema. Wondering what's on the big screen this April? Click here to see what films will be released throughout April 2021.

How About An Indulgent Treat?

We don't know about you, but when the colder months arrive, we're always on the hunt for something decadent and indulgent to make us feel all warm and good on the inside! A great place to start, is by visiting 27 Boxes and heading straight to X&O Patisserie for amazing cronuts that'll most definitely hit the spot! Another must-visit for sweet delights is L’atelier Bakery in Rosebank if you're looking for a taste of Paris in the heart of Joburg (their rich and oh-so decadent Chocolate Tart is a must with some coffee). And of course, let's not forget to mention the beloved Belle's Patisserie for a slice of their iconic Rainbow Cake!

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