Report Back: Summer Nights at Amuse

We had our first social of 2018 at Amuse Cafe in Linden on Tuesday night… and what a night it was. For those who couldn’t make it, here is some information to fuel your regret.

The night was billed as a Summer Nights Social. The idea was to provide gender non-conforming people in Gauteng, regardless of how they identify, with an opportunity to meet up, chat and generally just socialise in an informal, friendly and accepting environment. My good friend Anna from the Emporium of Delights and All Things Nice kindly agreed to bring some of her costume jewellery stock with her, so there was something to do if the conversation got a bit boring.

We had started advertising the event just over a month ago and there had been quite a bit of interest in the event, but you never know how many people will turn up on the night. I was expecting somewhere between 10 and 15 people based on the interest levels we had, but we have had events where we were expecting 20 people and only a handful arrive, and we have had events where we were only expecting five people and then 15 arrive on the night. I was therefore very pleased that in the end 13 people arrived over the course of the evening. This is a very good turnout for a weeknight and we were very happy. A big thank you to everyone who turned out to support us. Organising these events takes a fair bit of effort and we literally make nothing out of the event, so events that are poorly supported can be very soul destroying. When we get a decent turn out, my heart literally sings.

As usual, I had some dressing ‘challenges’ of my own to overcome (you can read all about them in a few days’ time at Daniella’s Ramblings if you so wish). I was somewhat unsure what to wear. Should I be casual (Amuse is a fairly casual venue) or should I glam it up? Or what? I settled on a pair of skinny jeans, my new off the shoulder pink top, beige cowboy boots and some accessories. Luckily Irene had some spare time and was able to do my makeup for me. I think she did a fantastic job.



After dressing, makeup and a few errands (for more details please read my personal blog), I arrived at the venue just before 6 as I wanted to make sure that I was on time and be able to assist Dirck (from Amuse) with information (or anything else) should he need it. I was sitting at the table Dirck had reserved for us (thanks Dirck), sipping a coke and responding to WhatsApp’s when someone walking past asked me (very politely), ‘excuse me, but are you Daniella?’ I looked up and saw someone, a good looking young man to be sure, standing in front of me. I had no idea who they were. I looked blankly at him and said that indeed I was. He could see that I was at a complete loss and said, ‘you may know me as Heidi’. OMG it was my Facebook friend and local drag queen Heidi van Kleef. I had only met Heidi in real life once before, at a show of hers and I had never seen her without her glitter, hair and heels before. The presence of a beard also threw me off the scent to be fair. We were able to spend some time catching up on the outdoor veranda (it was a very pleasant late summer evening) and actually talking to one another in person. It was lovely.

Soon some guests started to arrive. Heidi had been asked by Dirck to stand in as host(ess?) for the evening as he had to attend an urgent meeting. Anna was the first to arrive and she joined us, and we celebrated Heidi’s recent promotion at her day job with her. Then Nicole arrived. Anna, who lives so far in the East of Johannesburg that we have to check the time zones before phoning her, had never been to Amuse before. She seemed quite taken by the charm of the place. Then she noticed the sculpture of the naked male torso. She felt compelled to touch it and I managed to get photographic evidence before dragging her away from it.


Anna fondling the art work.

Clearly it was time to move in doors… Claire, Liza, Grizelda and Irene all arrived in quick succession and soon we were all happily chatting away. The service was good as always and our throats were soon lubricated. After a long day hard at work most people were hungry, and I think almost everyone ordered something to eat. The food was up to the usual standard and one of the things I really like about Amuse is the portion size. Many restaurants charge a lot more for a plate of food and they seem compelled to compensate by giving you far too much to eat. Amuse follows a less aggressive pricing strategy and their portion sizes are smaller, but I find this preferable. It is a far more ‘European’ model (as opposed to what I have seen at North American restaurants) and I think it sets Amuse apart. It also makes an evening out far more affordable.

After everyone was finished Anna opened her box of tricks and a number of people sampled her range of accessories that were on offer. It seems she was happy enough with the amount of stock she sold, so thanks to everyone who supported her.

I really enjoyed myself and it was fantastic to meet so many people new to the scene in Johannesburg. And of course, it was fantastic to catch up with old friends and talk with people who we seldom get to interact with face to face. I particularly enjoyed meeting Michelle in person. We have been on line friends for a very long time but had never met in person before and seeing all the other new faces made me very happy too.

I hope everyone had as much (or more) fun as me. As to all of you who would like to come to one of our events but have not been able to, all I can say is that you are missing out. There is no need to come en femme if you are too scared (although there is no reason to be scared) and nobody will judge you for what you wear. We would love to meet you all in a fun, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Hope to see you at the next one (watch this space for details).

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who came out and I hope to see you all again soon. Thank you to Anna for providing us all with an opportunity to acquire more bling and of course thank you to Dirck and the rest of the Amuse team for being professional and so welcoming to our little community. Finally, a big thank you to Irene who did people’s makeup on the night, was such a good hostess and who helps and supports me so much!



Priscilla’s Evening Out: Summer 2018 Details

Hi Everybody

Please see below details for the Social to be held on 27 February 2018.

Where: Amuse Cafe 34 5th Street Linden
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Date: 27 February 2018
Entry: FREE
Dress: As you feel comfortable… en femme, en homme, glam or casual… You will be welcome and accepted.
What: A casual and friendly evening. Amuse has a kitchen serving a selection of light meals including vegetarian options and has a fully stocked and licensed bar. My good friend Anna will be there with a selection of accessories, jewellery etc from her Emporium of Delights and All Things Nice. So come hungry, thirsty and with some cash to purchase a ring, earrings or that pendant that is to die for!

Whether you are a casual crossdresser who does this once in a while for kicks, or a transgender person looking for a friendly ear and some insights, please come along for the evening, have a meal, a drink and a natter… we do these things simply for you to meet up, find a friend or two and generally meet like minded people in a safe, accepting and friendly environment.

There is no need to pre-book and as the event is FREE there is no need to pay, but it would be nice to know if you are planning on attending, so please drop us a line on the contact us page.
Please remember that if you want a place to dress before the evening, need help with makeup, wardrobe etc Irene is available to assist, but please do book early!
We hope to see you all there.
For more details, or if you have any questions, concerns or queries, please feel free to contact us and we will gladly assist you in any way we can.

Anna’s Emporium of Delights and All Things Nice





It is time to get out and about en femme again.
We are going to PARTY. Our next fabulosa Priscilla’s Services evening will be on Tuesday 27 February and we will once again be hosted by Dirck and his amazing team at Amuse Cafe in Linden.

More details will follow shortly.

If you need your makeup done, a place to dress, accommodation or even some shopping done please book early to avoid disappointment.

Here are some photographs from our last few trips to Amuse in December 2017 (before, during and after pics)…


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?


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.


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!




Time to PARTY Like a Rock Star


Awesome news, The Gay Club is hosting a party on 24 June.
The party is a Queen of Hearts Drag Party and it looks like  it will be a lot of fun.

Obviously being en femme will be accepted and you will definitely not be the only one out and about en femme! The Priscilla’s team would be more than happy to help you prepare for this fabulous event in any way we can. Specifically, we can provide the following services should you need them:
Makeup: make yourself look your very best*
Shopping for the perfect outfit for the party (either as a professional service, or just to go with you and help you out)
Storage facilities for all those awesome clothes after the party
A venue to get ready at for the party
A place to stay when you get back (should you need it)
Clothing, wig and shoe hire (assuming you do not want to buy your own)
Fashion and other style related advice
Feel free to contact us if you have any queries, need help in addition to the services listed or if you want to book with us (please note all services must be booked in advance, we cannot guarantee availability without a booking).
Priscilla’s is not exactly next door to the Gay Club, but we are only 30 or so minutes away, so convenience is not much of an issue.

Here are all the details from the club’s Facebook event:
Follow us down the rabbit hole during the month of June …
The month of June is GAY WONDERLAND MONTH at The GAY Club SA!

Whether it’s your first time in Drag or you are a seasoned Queen, join us on Saturday 24 June and help us celebrate the Divine art of DRAG!!

Headlining DJS back by popular demand are The Prince & Charm to sizzle up the dance floor in glorious LGBT wonder

Doors open 8pm- 4am
Entry :
R25 between 8-9pm
R50 between 9-10pm
R60 after 10pm
Drag Queens free entry before 9pm

Dress Code: Dust off your cha-cha heels and join us in your best DRAG LOOK! This can include (but not limited to) Full drag, androgynous, drag king or any of the many other forms of DRAG!
*Please note dressing up is not a requirement , but it will be more fun to do hehe)

Take note : No under 18’s , ID’s upon request, no bad attitudes or hate speech ,will NOT be tolerated

The Gay Club can be found at the corner of Gibb & North Rand Roads, Boksburg (upstairs from Silverado’s Pub & Grill).

This looks like it is going to be a lot of fun and there will be a lot of gurls out and about. For those of you concerned about such things, please do nit be concerned by the word ‘gay’ in the title. You will be welcomed as a member of the LGBT community regardless of your sexual preference. Being a crossdresser/transgender means you will be accepted and you will certainly not be pressured into anything you do not want… The very worst that can happen is that nobody will offer to buy you a drink/hit on you all night! Kidding! Seriously, you will be welcomed and accepted and you will be free to be yourself. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us and we will happily talk you through what to expect. As to those of you who are looking for a little romantic action… Well until you get out there, you will never know!
I hope to see you all there!

*Please feel free to check out these links for some examples of Irene’s work.