Vintage Clothing Evening: Reminder and Details

OK everyone, the big event of the winter is nearly upon us, so I thought we needed to give everyone all the salient information (and a gentle reminder).

Date: 14 July 2017
Time: 7 pm
Place: 1 Sandela Court, corner Olifants and Levubu Roads, Emmarentia
Cost: R115 per person (includes food and drink)

What is this? I hear you all ask. Well The OPC is a vintage clothing store. They have all sorts of amazing things in stock. Whether it is a ball gown, a wedding dress, a pair of 1990s Prada heels or a bikini from the 1960s, they have it on stock. And we are giving you this opportunity to have a sophisticated evening of socialising, meeting like minded people and trying on these amazing clothes in a safe and accepting environment.

The owner of The OPC is a member of the LGBT community and as such is welcoming and accepting. She is putting on some eats and drinks, has agreed to extend her opening hours for us and will also ensure that the interior of the shop is not visible to any prying eyes. There will also be security for our cars in the parking area in front of the shop.

So why not come round have some fun, meet some sisters and maybe even buy some clothes (or some jewelry).

We will need to have an idea of numbers for catering purposes, so we would appreciate it if you can book with us by no later than 11 July. To book your tickets, simply click here and give us your name and number of tickets required and we will reserve your place. To pay for your tickets you can simply click on the ‘BUY NOW’ button to the right (or maybe bottom if you are using a mobile device to browse) of this page. It is juts under the ‘PAY WITH PAYPAL’ heading. This will enable you to pay us using a credit card or your PayPal account (if you have one). Alternatively, please contact us and we will make an alternative arrangement for you.

Of course anyone needing a place to dress for the evening, help with makeup, a place to stay or any other services should contact us so that we can assist you.

Should you have any other queries please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you all on 14 July.

June Newsletter

Hello everyone

As usual a very big and hearty welcome to all our new and existing clients. We are really enjoying having you all on board and are happy to be able to help you be your true selves in a safe, accepting and discreet environment.

Wow, can you believe we are already in June? So much has happened this year already and we are only half way in. We look forward to working with everyone in the last half of 2017 and hope to make all your dreams come true.

We had a wonderful trip to Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the end of May. Unfortunately, we had a number of cancellations and it was a small but merry (and brave) group of us who ventured into Monte Casino on a chilly Johannesburg evening. Despite a rather empty theatre (it was a midweek evening so I suppose it was understandable) we all enjoyed the show. The wit and humour was fantastic and the production quality very good. The accents coach could have done better, but that is perhaps quibbling too much.

The Priscilla’s team were a little late arriving at Monte Casino due to some last minute and unforeseen circumstances, so we abandoned the idea of getting a pre-show cocktail at a cocktail lounge, but settled for drinks at the theatre bar. We then went in and enjoyed the show.

At the interval, we braved the queues at the ladies’ room and then went to get some more liquid refreshment at the bar. Here I met a very interested couple, the male half of whom was very interested in us. We did our best to educate him and I sincerely hope that he reaches out to us again.

After the show, we went for coffee at the Seattle Coffee shop and nattered away until very late… We then went our separate ways. As always, we were perfectly safe and happy and had no issues with security, employees or members of the public. We even (coincidentally) met some friends (the Trouble crew) who had independently decided to come out and see the show that night. What a fun night out.

The big news is that we have already made plans for a Friday night social in July. Thanks to one of our clients, we made contact with a nearby (like very nearby) vintage clothing retailer, called The OPC.

The OPC is a fantastic little shop owned by someone who is very accepting of transgender people. She is very eager to help and we thought we could also help her.

We have therefore planned a cheese and wine party at her shop on the Friday evening, 14 July 2017. You will be free to dress at Priscilla’s and then we can take you to the shop, or you can of course arrive en femme (or indeed en homme) at the shop. At the shop, you will be treated to some food and drinks, have an opportunity to browse the shop and of course try on all the clothes you would like. All in perfect safety. Your privacy will be guaranteed as Lesley will close the windows of the shop with some drapes to keep any curious eyes away. She will also ensure our cars are kept safe by employing a security guard for the evening…

So, throw on your winter frock and come joins us for an evening of socialising and fashionista fun in Emmarentia! It would be appreciated if you could give us some idea of numbers for catering purposes asap. We are of course always happy to accommodate out of towners at the studio.

In the meantime, due to popular demand, please note that we have had to reduce the number of times you can use the Studio as part of your package, from three uses a month, to two. Those of you who have already signed up will retain your three uses per month provided your membership does not expire. To all of you who have not yet joined, please sign up asap to lock in this amazing value. We did not reduce the number of complimentary uses lightly but to ensure that we are able to continue to meet demand for the venue we have had to (reluctantly) take this step.

Those of you still wondering whether it is worth trying out our services should take a look at our testimonials page and our Facebook page. We clearly have some satisfied and happy clients out there and are eager to do the same for you. In addition to the testimonials on our website and the reviews and ratings on our Facebook page, we have some examples of Irene’s work on both these platforms. Please note that the photographs taken by us have not been photoshopped or had filters applied. We only ever crop and/or compress our photographs, so the makeup work you see is the real deal. We do not try and make our work look better than it really is (please note we cannot vouch for photographs supplied by our clients, but the vast majority of photos on display were taken by us). This gives you absolute confidence that you will get what you pay for. Not nasty surprises.

On that note, we have made it easier for you to pay us. We can still accept cash payments and EFTs, but we have now installed a credit card facility at the studio and we can also take credit card payments and direct Paypal transfers via Paypal should any of these options be easier for you. We have installed a ‘pay with Paypal’ button on the web site (it is on the right-hand side of all the pages). As always, we guarantee your confidentiality as far as it is possible for us to do so (banks will of course ‘see’ any transactions). Paypal is a secure and safe system and we have full confidence in it.

On that note. Please note that we do not disclose e-mail addresses or any other contact information to anyone without the express permission of the person involved. We have had one or two people contact us requesting to meet and/or contact our clients for ‘social’ reasons. We always decline these requests. One such request led to a rather nasty Whatsapp exchange. Please be assured we put the interests of our friends and clients first and will not disclose any information (even publicly available information) without your permission. I trust that those of you reading this will understand the need for privacy.

Irene and I are looking forward to seeing you all at The OPC in July, if not sooner and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries, thoughts, insights or ideas. We are always willing to listen and help.

Regards

The Priscilla’s Team

 

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Outing

Hi Everyone

Time is running short, so here is a final update regarding all final arrangements for our Priscilla Queen of the Desert outing.

Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017
Where: Teatro at Monte Casino
Curtain up: 8 pm

We have decided that we should all meet at:

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Beira Alta Cocktail Lounge (mostly because it is super close to the Teatro) for pre-show drinks (and to collect your tickets) at 6-45 for 7. Those of you coming to the studio to get your makeup done will obviously meet us at the studio!

If you have any queries please contact us so that we can assist.

Looking forward to seeing you all, it is going to be absolutely fabulous!

May Newsletter

Well well well… Autumn is well and truly here. The leaves are turning their usual lovely shades of red, yellow, brown and yes, still some green. The temperature is dropping steadily and there is a decided chill in the air at night and in the early morning. Yet the days are as ever filled with sunshine. I am not looking forward to winter as I dislike the cold, but I suppose it is a good excuse to pull out those jerseys, boots and other woollies and try a whole new set of fashion ideas out.

As usual we would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new clients and of course say hello to all our existing clients. We hope that you are all as happy working with us as we are working with you.

We have had a very busy few months. March was a whirlwind of taking the studio from an empty shell to a warm, welcoming and pleasant place to be. April continued in that vein as we attended to minor details and dotted the T’s and crossed the I’s (well we do like to do things differently around here). Then of course there were all the holidays and associated activities to deal with, so April was busy but a lot of fun. We were of course also happy to welcome a few clients to the studio and do the odd makeover.

We have had a number of people stay over in the studio and we would like to remind all you out of towners that the studio is available for overnight stays as well as for daytime dressing. The rates are competitive and we offer a quiet discreet and accepting place where you can be yourself. We offer bed and breakfast and can assist you with places to eat out, or self catering solutions.

We continue to grow and we are hopeful of building a really vibrant community of people. Right now many of you are (understandably) quite nervous and not willing to take the risk of socialising. For those of you who are getting ready to find new friends, we are happy to say that we are working on some social ideas in the coming months. These include a number of different ideas including a cheese and wine evening in a retail store! The store will be closed for the evening and only invited guests will be allowed in. You can socialise, try on some spectacular clothes and generally have a blast. More details to follow…

Those of you who have booked, please do not forget our trip to Priscilla Queen of the Desert in May. Sadly we have had a few cancellations already, but the reviews for the show that I have seen have been very positive and I am sure we will have a fabulous time. We were at Monte Casino last week planning logistics and finding a place to meet. We will send details to those who have booked in a week or so.

As always please do not hesitate to contact us to book or to get additional information on any of our services.

Looking forward to hearing from you all soon.

The Priscilla’s Team

 

Priscilla Queen of the Desert!

Hi Everyone

As promised, Priscilla’s Services will be arranging an absolutely fabulous trip for all of us to go and see Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
We would love it if you could ALL join us for an evening of feminine fabulousness and fun.
We will do a bulk booking so that we can all be seated together in the same part of the theater. We will endeavour to get the best seats possible at the best price. The price below is thus a maximum price you will pay. If we can get cheaper tickets we will refund you the difference. Please note that as we are doing the booking on your behalf, we will need the money to be paid when you book as we cannot afford to be out of pocket.

The details are as follows
When 24 May 2017
Time 8pm show.
Place Montecasino. We will meet at 7pm for drinks before hand. Venue to be decided.
Cost R450 per person (for the show, excluding drinks)
Booking deadline 5 April

Irene will of course be available to do makeup and assist you if you need it.Our venue will be available for those in need of somewhere to dress and of course we will make contingency plans should an ‘overflow’ situation arise.
When booking for the show please indicate if you will be needing any other services (makeup, shopping, dressing venue etc) so we can start preparing.

Please note that you do not have to come en femme and we would love to see you all even if you would prefer to come en homme. Also this event is open to anyone who wants to join. Supporters, friends, partners, spouses etc, whether, trans, cis, whatever you are all welcome. This would just be a great opportunity to get out and about whether en femme or en homme, meet some like minded people and have a fabulous evening together.

If any of you are worried, we went to see Rocky Horror at Montecasino on one of my first ‘vanilla’ evenings en femme. It was FINE!

Please contact us to make your booking or to ask any questions you may have.

Hope to hear from you all soon.

February Newsletter

Hi Everyone

Wow, what a fantastic month January was. Our best ever! So a BIG Priscilla’s WELCOME to all our new clients. We are very happy to have you on board. We hope that we will have many hours of fun together. We are particularly happy to see that so many of you are using our package options. These are fantastic as not only do they give you great value for money, they also allow you to sample the various services (makeup, photography, shopping services etc) that we offer. If you are interested in these packages, please check out our pricing page for details. I am sure you will all be having a lot of fun exploring with us.

This past month I was reminded of just how gratified I feel when meeting new clients. It is wonderful to see the very real impact we have on people’s lives. We try to meet all our clients in person and when people, who have never before been able to speak freely to anybody about their crossdressing/gender identity, are suddenly confronted by a friendly face, and an accepting mind you can see the relief come over them as years of emotional baggage literally drop off them. It is these moments that make me feel so privileged to know all of you. Thank you for sharing these moments with us.

On a lighter note work is progressing on our apartment. The plastering is done, the tiles are in, we have bought some furniture already and we are hoping to have it ‘habitable’ in the next week or so. We still need to do some work: blinds need to be put in and a few finishing touches will be required but we are getting there. The exterior will only be completed in a few weeks time as we need to paint the exterior walls and landscape the private garden area. But we are getting there and we are expecting you all to start booking the venue for your dressing needs. Keep an eye on the web page as we will be posting some pictures soon.

We have had some good responses to the request for a Priscilla’s social outing to Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Thank you for that. Irene will be sorting out more details shortly and we will let you know what can be done, what the costs are etc shortly.

On that note we have been reviewing our socials. We believe that they are just not working out. We do see that there is a need for some sort of social activity and we certainly want to play our role in the community but we want to have meaningful events that are well attended and FUN. We are thinking that less is more. We would love to get your feedback on what sort of events you want in addition to our accompanied outing service. Some of you have already suggested more intimate socials, perhaps at a private home and we are working on such an event. Are there any other ideas? Please feel free to contact us with your thoughts and ideas.

In other news that you may want to hear, we were told on Monday night that our sister site, Daniella’s Ramblings has been awarded ‘Best LGBT Blog 2016’ in the SA Blog Awards. Thank you to everyone who supported Daniella’s Ramblings. The award is as much yours as it is ours. You may want to take a look at the blog as it has some useful information on it.

As always, please let us know if we can do anything to assist you and we look forward to seeing more of you in the future.

Regards

The Priscilla’s Team

December Newsletter

What the… ? How did this happen? It is December already!

I would like to welcome all our new clients to the Priscilla’s fold and of course thank our existing clients for their ongoing support. It is our pleasure and our privilege to serve such an amazing group of people. It is especially nice to meet you all face to face from time to time and get to know you all a little bit better each time.

 

Exciting news! Irene has resigned her job as a teacher and will be devoting her time to Priscilla’s! That means that she will have more flexibility when it comes to makeovers, accompanied outings and other Priscilla’s work that you need from her. Sadly, the education system is losing a phenomenal teacher, but their loss is our gain!

 

As I am sure you all know we had a karaoke Party at the end of November. Thanks to Hilton and his staff. It was as ever a great evening, thank you for your hospitality. It was great to see a few new faces as well as the regulars. It was especially nice to meet some Facebook friends in person and of course catch up with all our friends and clients. Unfortunately, the massive thunderstorm kept some people away and a few confirmed guests decided not to come, but those who braved the elements seemed to have a good time.

The party was held at Trouble which has just recently moved venue. The venue is quite pleasant with an outside area where you can chill and relax. The inside area has space for a few pool tables and a dance floor. There is also apparently a private bar that is nearly ready for use. The ladies’ toilets are very nice. Far better than the previous venues toilets. They were clean and well-appointed which is not always the case when dealing with bars and pubs. The mirror was good and made doing one’s makeup touch ups easy. Some of the previous establishment’s ‘regulars’ were there and it was nice to see straight people, gay people, transgender people all intermingling and accepting each other’s basic humanity. A few brave souls sang but I think most of us were happy to ‘just be’, chat, socialise and enjoy the opportunity of being our authentic selves in a safe and accepting place.

 

For those who are interested, Mantopia are organising an LGBT party on 17 December. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending but Irene is available (by appointment) to help anyone with makeup and or dressing should you need her services. As usual, please contact us for details and to make the appointment. For details about the event itself, please contact Mantopia directly.

We are still looking at the possibility of organising a block booking to go and see the stage production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert which is coming to Johannesburg in April 2017. Please let us know if this is something you would be interested in doing.

 

Please remember that with effect from 1 January 2017 storage/rental fees will be increasing from R250 per month to R350 per month.

As noted last month, we are now offering membership packages in addition to the ad hoc services we offer. These packages offer considerable value to you and allow you to budget more easily than in the past. We will be launching them officially in 2017 as soon as the venue becomes available, but we are pleased to offer all existing contacts an ‘early bird’ special. If you sign up and pay in advance for a package before 31 January 2017 you will get your first month’s membership free. We have already had a few people take advantage of this offer.Please see below a selection of membership packages on offer:
Package: Meryl Streep
Benefits
1 x photography session every second month and
25% off entry to all Priscilla’s events that are charged at less than R150 and
5% off all other Priscilla’s services offered and
1 x shopping service every second month or
1 x makeover every second month
Value: R787.50
Monthly Fee: R335.00
You Save: R452.50

Package: Sharon Stone
Benefits:
1 x locker per month for storage and
1 x photography session every second month and
25% off entry to all Priscilla’s events that are charged at less than R150 and
5% off all other Priscilla’s services offered and
1 x shopping service every second month or
1 x makeover every second month
Value: R1 137.50
Monthly Fee: R480.00
You Save: R657.50

Package: Julia Roberts
Benefits:
1 x photography session every month and
1 x makeover every month and
25% off entry to all Priscilla’s events that are charged at less than R150 and
5% off all other Priscilla’s services offered
Value: R1 150.00
Monthly Fee: R490.00
You Save: R660.00

Package: Sophia Loren
Benefits:
1 x locker per month for storage and
1 x photography session every month and
1 x makeover every month and
25% off entry to all Priscilla’s events that are charged at less than R150 and
7% off all other Priscilla’s services offered
Value: R1 500.00
Monthly Fee: R645.00
You Save: R855.00

Package: Marilyn Monroe
Benefits:
1 x locker per month for storage and
1 x photography session every month and
1 x makeover every month and
1 x shopping service every second month and
25% off entry to all Priscilla’s events that are charged at less than R150 and
10% off all other Priscilla’s services offered
Value: R1 875.00
Monthly Fee: R800.00
You Save: R1 075.00

Package: Grace Kelly
Benefits:
2 x lockers per month for storage and
2 x photography sessions every month and
1 x makeover every month and
1 x shopping service every month and
100% off entry to all Priscilla’s events that are charged at less than R150 and
12% off all other Priscilla’s services offered
Value: R3 850.00
Monthly Fee: R1 650.00
You Save: R2 200.00

 

We are off on holiday from 8 December 2016 and we will be returning on 19 December. Should you need anything please feel free to contact us, but please be advised that we may take a little longer to reply and please note that we will only be able to offer services to you after 19 December. We will also not be available on public holidays in December and January, sorry!

 

We wish you all a very safe and happy festive season. Please take care, the roads are a nightmare at this time of year and we need you all looking fabulous and beautiful in 2017. Crutches, scars and broken bones are very hard to accessorize. Once again thank you for all your support and enthusiasm we are committed to bringing you more of what you want and the very best in service in 2017.
We look forward to seeing you all at our functions in 2017. As always please do not hesitate to contact us if you need anything. We are here to help.