October Newsletter

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all fabulous, I know I am loving the spring weather and enjoying life. It has been a while since my last newsletter, sorry, but my usual excuse applies… busy!

As usual I would like to welcome all our new clients to the Priscilla’s Services fold and of course extend a warm ‘hiya’ to all our existing clients. You are all very special to us and we are privileged to know you all.

We had a lovely evening of fashion and spring time fun at The OPC at the end of September. The turnout was slightly disappointing as we had five cancellations on the night and the attendance was a bit less than the first one we had in July, but as it was a weeknight, we were expecting fewer people. Nonetheless we all had a great time and it was getting late (well at least it was late for me) when everyone left, so that is a good sign. It was great to meet some new people and the support of the cisgender allies who were there is always appreciated. Thanks to you all for coming.

We were also treated to a most informative discussion on the latest fashion trends, by fashion professional and fellow blogger Ilse Chetty. She was engaging and informative and told us what the upcoming trends were for the season and crucially gave us all some tips on how to maximise our assets through clever clothing choices and combinations. I found it most enjoyable and useful.

As always, our host Lesley was most friendly and engaging. I always enjoy our little chats and I believe that the evening was a success from her point of view. The food was provided by The Boys Catering and it was very tasty indeed. As usual Lesley’s friend Zoe gave superb advice and her impeccable taste was very useful… She found me two spectacular items (a top and a dress) that I am looking forward to wearing soon.

Our studio has been rather busy of late and it has been a lot of fun meeting all our new clients. We are always privileged to help people on their unique journeys and love working with you all. Our existing clients are of course also highly valued and appreciated and we are really enjoying bonding with you and helping you all to find the time and place to be your true selves… as always in the privacy of your choosing and with discretion.

We took a short break in early October, but we are fully back in the saddle and happy to welcome any and all of your queries and enquiries. Don’t forget that we can assist you with any Halloween related needs that you may have. Halloween is always a good time for the more closeted of us to break some bonds and get out en femme… But it can also be a little ‘dangerous’ so let us help you if we can.

We are not planning on doing any more social events this year. We have found that things just get a bit hectic towards the end of the year and people just do not have the time to commit to things. However, there are always places to go and things to do, so if you want to make use of our dressing services, get a makeover, or just need a venue for a day (or night) of en femme fun, please feel to contact us. We are also available for accompanied outings should you want or need that.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at Priscilla’s soon.

Regards

The Priscilla’s Team

 

 

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Time to Dress for Spring!

Following on the immense success of our last evening at The OPC, we have decided to reprise the event this spring. Here is all the salient information for you

Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017
Time: 7 pm
Place: 1 Sandela Court, corner Olifants and Levubu Roads, Emmarentia
Cost: R130 per person (includes snacks and drinks)

What is this? You may well 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 in stock.
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.

Plus, this is a wonderful opportunity to refresh and extend your spring and summer wardrobe with some amazing and unique clothes. Clothes that you will definitely not find in the stores. Why follow the crowd when you can be an original?

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As an added bonus, Ilse Wils Chetty, a merchandise planner at Jet and a lifestyle and fashion blogger will be giving us a talk on ‘What is hot for summer and how to make it your own’. This will hopefully give us all some insight into fashion trends and some ideas for that wardrobe.

Lesley, 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.

Some of you found the last event difficult to get to as it was on a Friday. We are hoping that by moving this to a Wednesday you will find it easier to attend. So why not come around have some fun, meet some sisters and maybe even buy some clothes (or some jewellery).

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 22 September, 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 just 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.
Please note that this is a private event and that you must book and pay in advance. No ‘walk ins’ will be accepted.

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 27 September.

August Newsletter

Hi Everyone

Oops! We seem to have missed the July newsletter and we are already into the last third of August and I am only now writing the August newsletter. As you may have guessed we have been rather busy.

As usual I would like to welcome all our new Priscilla’s clients and of course thank all of our existing and loyal clients for their ongoing support. We are really enjoying getting to know you all so well.

We had a very successful vintage clothing evening at The OPC and I hope all of you who came along share our sentiments. A big thank you to you all for your support of Priscilla’s and The OPC. Of course, a big thank you to Llewellyn, Zoe and Lesley for their amazing hospitality and service as well. You were all amazing. If you want a full review of the evening, you can read it here.

We are thinking of doing similar events at The OPC on a more regular basis, perhaps with themes. The next one we are planning is in September (once it is a bit warmer) and we were thinking that you may want to replenish your spring wardrobes? Please let us know what days you would prefer. We were then thinking a Christmas themed event (in November) could also be fun. We would love to hear your thoughts.

We noticed that there was some confusion regarding the cost of our services, especially in relation to a full transformation. We have therefore introduced an all-inclusive transformation package that should simplify things for you. Also, please note that you do NOT have to be a member/pay for a package to benefit from our services. All services are available on an ad hoc basis and you are more than welcome to use them as such. The membership packages do however offer fantastic value for money should you wish to use the services regularly.

Our storage facility is filling up rapidly so I would suggest that anyone wanting storage should contact us soon to avoid disappointment. We have been able to scale up the available space in recent months, but space is not limitless and we are starting to get very full now.

We were very excited to book our first international client in July. She came all the way from Europe and enjoyed our transformation package as well as an accompanied outing to Beefcakes. Unfortunately for her, Irene was away on holiday and she was therefore stuck with me. We would like to thank the very talented Carla for assisting us by coming and doing makeup for us. My skills are simply not up to the job and I was relieved to have a professional who was willing and able to assist me.

In addition to the planned events at The OPC in September and November, why not consider joining us for one of Amuse Cafe’s weekly quiz nights. I went along to one in mid-July and it was really a lot of fun. I was on my own and Dirck was obviously an impeccable host, but the rest of the crowd were all super friendly, accepting and fun. I had a ball! I have even laid the ground work by starting a new team, the Freudian Slips, so we are all ready for an influx of transgender know it alls. Now all we need is YOU!

I would also like to remind you all about Slutwalk. Slutwalk is an international movement that takes place annually in each city. The purpose is to protest sexual assault, victim blaming and challenge the notion that anyone can ever be ‘asking for it’. It promotes safety, women’s rights and consensual sex. Those of us who have never been out and about en femme may not know this, but it can be scary out there. I have taken to carrying pepper spray with me when I am out because I have just had far too many close calls. I am therefore a big fan of Slutwalk and hope that some of you may want to join us (whether en femme or en homme) this year. The event is on 16 September and takes place in Greenside. Anyone wanting more information can contact the organisers via their Facebook page or you can of course contact us at any time or for any reason.

Some sad news, pone of our regular haunts (Trouble Bar) has had to close. I believe there is still a bar in the same premises, but please note that this is no longer Trouble and I cannot vouch for your safety should you go there. There is some good news though. The owners of Trouble have started a new venture in Fourways. The club/bar is called The Frat House and it is open every Friday and Saturday night. As it is run by the same people that ran Trouble you will be welcome and as safe as you can be in a public place. I have not yet managed to get there so I cannot tell you much more about it, but as soon as I do, I will review it.

In exciting news, Daniella has been rather busy of late. Her blog Daniella’s Ramblings was named one of the ‘Top 100 Transgender Blogs on the Web’ in August, by Feedspot. You can see the full list here. Daniella’s Ramblings came in at number 57 if you want to save time scrolling. Daniella was also interviewed by Huffington Post. So, as you can see we really have been rather busy!

Finally, don’t forget that Halloween is just around the corner. Halloween is an excellent opportunity to get out en femme in a safe manner. If any of you are planning on going to a party please remember you can make use of our facilities. We have some Halloween type costumes for hire. Our range is limited, so you may want to buy/hire a costume elsewhere and come to us for all those other accessories (wigs, shoes, jewellery etc) that are much harder to come by and explain. Also, we would be happy to help with your makeup and of course give you a safe place to dress if that is required. Feel free to contact us for more information or even to make a booking.

Looking forward to hearing from you all and please let us know if there is anything we can help you with. We are here to make your lives easier, safer and happier.

Regards

The Priscilla’s Team

Happy Women’s Day

Hi Everyone

We wish ALL women (trans, cis, non-binary, whatever) a very happy Women’s Day.

Be all that you can be.

Be true to yourself.

Love yourself.

Help other women when and where you can. Challenge the patriarchy. Together we are stronger.

Have a fantastic Women’s Day.

From

The Priscilla’s Team

Report Back: Priscilla’s Cheese and Wine at The OPC

On Friday 14 July we held a cheese and wine evening in conjunction with Lesley from The OPC. The OPC is a vintage clothing and collectibles store very close to our venue and Lesley is a very supportive person. After one of our clients suggested it, we chatted with Lesley and came up with the idea for the evening.

Lesley provided us with a lovely, private and friendly venue, The Boys catered with a selection of delicious pates, cheeses and bread. Of course there was wine too. And well we simply arrived. The idea for the evening was that it would give our clients a safe place to be themselves in a social situation, interact with other people, possibly meet some new friends and of course try on some clothes, something that we do not often get a chance to do while snacking on some tasty tidbits.

In a show of amazing foresight, I visited The OPC on the Wednesday before the event and found a spectacular pearl necklace and bracelet set that I thought would go perfectly with the outfit I had planned. I bought it before anyone else could beat me to the punch! My good friend Anna from Anna’s Emporium had given me a pair of stockings to review a few weeks ago and this was to be their big night out (watch out for a review on Daniella’s Ramblings in the near future). I wore a green velveteen dress I had bought at Jet a few months ago and that I had not yet had a chance to wear and as it was a winter’s night I finished it all off with my black stiletto boots. Irene did my makeup and I think she outdid herself this time. As ever a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are five thousand words for you to be getting on with.

Please excuse the slutty flashing of the stocking top but I wanted to show my readers what the stockings look like when I write my review (spoiler alert, they are fabulous).

Keeping in the theme of the evening, Irene wore a vintage black dress and as always she looked spectacular.

We arrived at the venue a little early and everything was set up already. Lesley and Llewellyn from The Boys Catering had done a fine job. This is certainly the best way to entertain. It was lovely to meet Llewellyn and it was a pity that he had to leave early. Lesley had also invited a friend of hers Zoe and it was fantastic to meet such an open and interesting soul. After a short while our guests started arriving. Unfortunately two people who had wanted to come could not make it on the night, but this was offset by the unexpected arrival of someone who had not booked with us. The more the merrier! Everyone looked fabulous as always!

We had a total of twelve people on the night, which was probably just about the right number. The shop was not jam packed and at the same time you were always close enough to be able to chat to someone or just interject or suggest something to a fellow shopper. I think we could have accommodated up to around 16 to 20 people but 12 certainly wasn’t a bad turn out. Lesley had made sure that we were private by blacking out the windows and we were warm and toasty as she had thoughtfully provided a gas heater as well.

Zoe was brilliant at finding just the right combinations of things that would look good on people and she supplements Lesley brilliantly in this regard. I enjoyed chatting to a number of our guests and it was nice to reacquaint ourselves with some old friends.

I believe everyone had a lovely time trying on clothes, finding rare ‘gems’ in the jewelry section and having the opportunity to shop in a semi-private situation was fantastic. I certainly had a great time. Lesley was very happy with the evening and we have already discussed the possibility of holding these on a more regular basis. We would love to hear any feedback and or suggestions from you all. Specifically around how often you would like to have these events, what days of the week suit you best, what time of day etc.

A big thank you to all of you who came and supported us at this event. Also, a big thank you to Lesley for opening her shop and her heart to us and of course to Zoe and Llewelyn for their help and yummy food respectively.

Look forward to seeing you all at our next event. Watch this space!

TheOPC

 

 

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