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

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January Newsletter

Hi Everyone

Happy new Year! We hope that your holidays were restful and not too eventful (ours were eventful enough with snakebites and monkey attacks), we also trust that 2016 ended well and that 2017 is being kind to you all.
If it is, then a celebration is in order. You should treat yourself to an experience at Priscilla’s Services?
If things are not going as well as you would like, then you should have a little holiday from your problems. Book yourself a Priscilla’s Experience! You will find yourself recharged, exhilarated and ready to deal with life’s little tribulations.

The big news is that we started renovating the venue in December. Work stopped for the Christmas break but has now resumed and the venue is well on its way to being ready and we hope to be ready for you by some time in February.

The venue consists of a dressing room, which can also double as a lounge area, an en suite bathroom (shower, toilet basin) and a small kitchenette where you can make a pot of coffee, enjoy a light meal etc. The venue is therefore perfect for all your needs. You can dress and go out, dress and stay in or even do a bit of both if you like.
We have moved some of the doors and windows around so you will have privacy.
The venue also has WiFi and cell phone coverage.Irene is busy selecting the fittings and we are already considering the decorations. So things are moving along swiftly.

Due to the Christmas exodus from Gauteng, we did not organise any socials in December. January is already nearly half way through, so I doubt we will be able to get anything ready for January, but I am sure we could get something happening in February. Please let us know what you would be interested in doing? Maybe a visit to a restaurant for a meal? A trip to the movies? A Saturday night party  at Trouble? Taking in some local music at Amuse or maybe an evening of wine and song at one of Trouble’s karaoke nights? Or maybe something entirely different? Please let us know.

At the end of last year we thought it would be a good idea to have a ball. No, literally a ball as in ball gowns, canapes, dancing… You know a ball! Other countries have some pretty amazing, big annual ‘events’ for the transgender community. In the UK there is the Sparkle weekend and the Sparkle ball. The USA has many different events, conventions, balls and other social occasions for the transgender community. The Detroit Invasion which is organised by my Good friend Samantha is one such event. In South Africa we lack these big national level events. Our socials tend to be small scale, local affairs. It would be fabulous to meet people from all over South Africa, form relationships with people beyond our little world and also start increasing the profile of our sometimes fractured community. What do you all think? Would a big ball be something you would be interested in?
We are aiming for September/October. We could arrange for a block hotel booking, arrange transport etc for out-of-towners (and any locals who want to make use of that as well). The venue we choose will depend on the up take, but I think this could be quite an exciting event, glamorous gowns, fabulous decor, delicious eats, gorgeous cocktails. I am getting excited. It would be especially cool if we could make it an annual event! Please let us know what you think.

We have not had any feedback regarding the idea of a mass outing to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert when it comes to Johannesburg in April. Is this perhaps just too public an event for everyone? Please let us know.

As previously noted, storage/rental fees have increased from R250 per month to R350 per month. and we are now offering membership packages in addition to the ad hoc services we offer. These packages offer considerable value. We are pleased to offer 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. 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

Please check the pricing page on the website for more details.

Now that Irene is at your full disposal, it should be easier to arrange bookings. Especially once our venue is fully operational, but don’t let that stop you, we have contingency plans in place and can assist you with your needs at any time. On that note, we have received a lot of feedback at how excited everyone is about our service and that is wonderful, but now that Irene is full time at Priscilla’s Services, we really would appreciate a little more revenue (we have bills to pay), so please do not hesitate to make some bookings!

We value your support and want to help you in any way we can.

All the best,

Priscilla’s Services

 

Karaoke!

We have finalised a date for the planned karaoke evening at Trouble.

The details are as follows:
Wednesday 30 November 7-30 pm to late.
Trouble Bar 4299 Knoppiesdoring Road Randpark Ridge (that is the entrance, but the bar overlooks Beyers Naude). It is a block north of Lifestyle Nursery on Beyers Naude and is thus easily reached from the highway.
Entry fee is R75 which gets you a complimentary drink (on presentation of the ticket) and additional discounts. Contact us for details re tickets.

Priscilla’s staff will of course be available to assist those of you who may need help with shopping, makeup etc before heading out to Trouble. Please book any services you may need.
Please check out our latest newsletter for details regarding membership options as well.

There is a Facebook event that you can take  a look at as well.

In the interests of transparency, please note that access to Trouble is FREE the R75 ticket charge is a fee that is being levied by Priscilla’s, NOT Trouble. This is being done to defray some of the expenses that we at Priscilla’s Services incur when organising these events for you our valued Priscilla’s clients. Frankly if we do not make some money out of these events it is simply not worth our while to organise them and then we all lose. We have therefore charged a smallish fee and are giving value back in an effort to make this financially worthwhile for us and to ensure that we can continue to offer these events that so many of you quite clearly want.
Anyone is welcome to attend the karaoke evening at Trouble (whether a Priscilla’s client or not) and as I noted there is no cover charge at Trouble this is a Priscilla’s fee. So you can attend the karaoke evening as a guest of Priscilla’s and pay or attend on your own and not pay a cent other than the drinks you consume. This is your choice.

So why should you pay the fee, I hear you all ask?
Well, we are offering a complimentary drink as well as additional discounts on the Priscilla’s services you may use going forward which equates to the same value as the cost of the ticket on the evening.  If you would rather not pay the fee, that is your choice, but then you do not get the value that we are creating through the ticketing process.

The ticketing system is also a way of us confirming numbers, seeing that people who say they are attending actually attend and ensuring that this becomes a financially worthwhile exercise for us.

Sorry for the long justification but it seems some people out there think we are trying to extort money from people. This is not our intention at all. We are simply finding ways of making this economically viable for us and meeting the needs of our clients.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Trouble on 30 November.

Reminder Cocktails and Dresses

This is a reminder about the Cocktail Party on 22 October at Mantopia.
The venue opens at 7 pm but the party starts at 8 pm until late.
The venue is at 128 Richards Drive, Allendale Junction, Midrand.
We (Priscilla’s) will be available for makeup/makeovers and help with dressing, either at the venue (there are private rooms for you to dress in) or off site (allowing you to arrive at the club en femme)

Please note that this is at a closed club and it is by invitation only so there is no chance of bumping into anyone who is not themselves a crossdresser/transgender or the partner of a CD/TG person. This means your privacy and security are guaranteed.
This is therefore the perfect opportunity for the shyer members of our community to get out there and socialise with other people.

The entry fee of R250 gets you in and includes the snacks that will be on offer.
Use PS Mantopia to get a 10% discount.
You can pay at the door.
There is a cash bar and dancing may happen. Be warned!

Please feel free to check out the Facebook ‘event’ page that we have created. It would be good to RSVP there as well if you can (privacy etc notwithstanding).

Please remember to pre-book with us if you want to make use of makeup or other services so that we can plan ahead.

We have already received a number of bookings so please let us know if you want to come along and join in the fun.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

September/October Newsletter

Wow, where has the time gone? It seems September has flown by in a flash of blusher, lipstick, stilettos, lingerie and jewelry. I am very sorry, but it seems in the excitement I missed the September newsletter, so I have decided to combine the September and October newsletters in one.

As always I would like to thank all our clients for their ongoing support. Meeting with and making some real connections with you makes this endeavour so much more rewarding. I would also like to extend a hearty welcome to our new clients who continue to join us at a healthy rate. And of course to all of you who are on our mailing list, but who are not yet clients, thanks for your interest, I know it is just a matter of time before we will be seeing you.

I invite all of you all to let us know if there is anything we can do to help or improve: are we providing the services you need? What else can we do to help you? Is there anything we can do to improve? Is there anything we should stop doing? It is only through interacting with you that we can make sure we meet your needs and we welcome all feedback.

We had a very successful outing/get together in August. I was sorry to be unable to attend but I am assured everyone had a great time. You can read all about it here. Unfortunately, September has come and gone without a formal Priscilla’s event. We did try and get some people interested in attending Slut Walk 2016 with me but I think the lead time was a bit short for some of you also I fully realise that walking the streets of Greenside in a dress may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially as there was quite a lot of press there (photographers, television crews etc) and it was the epitome of an ‘open’ event. Nonetheless, I was there with some friends and it was a good experience for me (more about that on my personal blog in the coming week or so).

The exciting news for October is that we are co-hosting an event with Mantopia! For those of you who do not know, Mantopia specialises in hosting parties for gay and bisexual men*. They want to reach out to the crossdresser/transgender community in Gauteng. They have identified the need for a regular and private social gathering place for our community. They have a fantastic venue in Midrand that is easily accessible and above all is private. That means that we can all socialise in perfect safety knowing that nobody other than other crossdressers/TG people will be there. The venue comes with a fully licensed cash bar as well as all the usual facilities (dance floor, DJ booth etc) needed for a great time. Additionally (and perhaps crucially for us) there are private rooms that will allow you to dress in peace and privacy. There are also showers on site if needed.

The first get together is a cocktail evening and will be taking place on 22 October from 8 pm until 3 am. The venue will open at 7 pm and Priscilla’s Services staff will be on hand to help you dress, do your makeup etc. Please note that booking for the event and for the dressing and makeup services is essential. Of course we can also help those who want to arrive at the club en femme by providing dressing and makeup services at our usual venue, but this will need to be done quite early in the evening to give us time to get to the venue by 7 pm.

We will also be happy to provide you with clothing, wigs and shoes for hire (size permitting) and we would also love to shop for you (seriously, we love shopping). Please do not hesitate to contact us for a quote or further information in this regard.

This event differs from our usual events in that it is being hosted together with Mantopia. Booking is thus necessary and there is a cover charge of R250 per person (this includes your snacks). The good news is that if you use the booking code ‘PS Mantopia’ you will get 10% off the price provided you book and pay before 15 October.

Although Mantopia usually operates for gay and bisexual men they realise that our community is a little different. Therefore all transgender people (crossdressers, transexuals, gender fluid, gender queer etc) and their partners are welcome to attend.

This is an ideal opportunity for those of you who are a little shy to get out and about and meet other people with similar interests. The venue is private and ‘closed’ we will be the only people on site therefore you will not bump into anyone you know unless they too are a crossdresser/transgender etc. Your privacy and safety is thus guaranteed. This is also a good opportunity for you to get out and about with your significant others and they will have an opportunity to meet other partners, spouses etc of crossdressers/transgender people. This is could be a wonderful opportunity for them to network, get some support and share experiences.

Oh and of course there will be music so bring your dancing shoes, your fabulous selves and have FUN!

In other news I can confirm that we will start work on our venue on 19 December and we are hopeful that it will be available from late January 2017. The venue will have a private entrance, a dressing room, a small kitchen and an en suite bathroom. Complimentary WiFi is provided and you will be able to dress and lounge around for a few hours or go out (either alone or accompanied by us) and have a  fabulous time. We will keep you updated on progress.

We have acquired some more storage space, but we are running out of space fast. If you are interested in storage I suggest that you book space with us soon to avoid disappointment.

We will be placing an overseas order for some specialist stock  in the next few weeks. Please let us know if you are interested in ordering anything as we would be very happy to assist you with high end breast forms, larger shoes, gaffes, corsets, lingerie and anything else you may want but cannot get in South Africa.

Looking forward to seeing you all on 22 October. Please remember to book!

*  Please note that whilst the usual Mantopia parties are ‘sexual’ in nature and whilst the venue is usually used as a swinger/lifestyle/BDSM party venue and is set up with such activities in mind this evening is primarily about us all just meeting up with fellow transgender people. It is not envisaged as a ‘hookup’ event and there is absolutely no expectation of that from anyone. It just so happens that this venue is perfect for our needs and the people running the venue ‘get’ what we are looking for, so please do not worry about that side of things. Of course what consenting adults decide to do in their own time is entirely up to them! 😉

16 August: Mid-Week Outing Reprise

On Tuesday 16 August we hosted our second ever outing. After the success of our first midweek outing we decided that we should make these a monthly event. As the appointed day was a Tuesday, we again chose Amuse Cafe in Linden. Dirck and his team were as ever  very welcoming and his arrangements were perfect and spot-on.

Sadly, it seems that these events are doomed to have some kind of medical situation associated with them. Last month, one of our guests found herself in hospital after a motorbike accident, whilst this month it was my turn to be in hospital. This meant that I sadly missed all the fun, but I was able to keep up to speed with some regular reports from those that were able to attend. A big THANK YOU to all of you who braved the cold. I believe it was a fun evening.

We were pleased to offer some of our guests the use of our ‘temporary dressing facility’, where they had their makeup done for them by our very own talented (and now qualified) makeup artist, Irene. The feedback we have received is that our clients were very happy with the results. I can personally recommend her services, but of course I am a little biassed.

Thanks to Stef and Rebbeca for holding the fort and being their usual sparkling selves. (The heels were high and the skirts were short). Thanks also to L who came from far. We were very happy to welcome M and P, who were both out and about in public for the first time. Everyone looked fabulous and we hope you will all join us again soon.

It seems everyone had a lot of fun at Amuse and the planned quiz night did not happen, at least not for our group who had far more interesting things to discuss than answers to trivia! Sadly the evening was over all too soon, despite most of our 8 guests leaving after closing time (always a good sign). We would love to hear from you all with suggestions and thoughts so that we can better meet your needs and hopefully see a few more of you out there next time.

August Newsletter

Hi Everyone

Well, we are a little late this month aren’t we! So sorry for being so late with our monthly update but things have been a little challenging lately. Unfortunately I fell ill in early August and Irene has been keeping everything together in my absence. I am happy to say that all essential services were provided by Irene to everyone’s utmost satisfaction but sadly website updates, newsletters etc have all been put very much on the back burner. I am now well on my way to recovery and am sure normal service has all but returned. If anyone wants to know what was wrong there is a detailed report on my personal blog. But I warn you is not very exciting and kinda gross…

A hearty welcome to our new clients. I trust that all of you, new and existing clients, are happy with the service that you have received to date. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve or make things better for you. Please also feel free to ask any questions that you may have, whilst we do try and anticipate all your needs we are happy to engage with you around anything we may not have anticipated.
We held our second midweek outing on 16 August. Unfortunately I was unable to attend as I was sitting in hospital twiddling my thumbs, but by all accounts it was a fabulous night with most of the guests leaving after closing time (yes, I do keep an eye on you all even when I am not around). We will have a full review up on the website, in a few days time so please keep an eye out for that. We would of course love to hear from the people who were there and as always, we welcome any and all feedback.
Irene recently completed a makeup course and she is now a qualified (as well as highly experienced) makeup artist. She would be happy to share what she has learned with you and make you look even more fabulous in the process.

As I mentioned last time, we are working hard on getting a permanent, private venue for you all to dress in. We have decided that we need to make some structural changes to this venue and we have planned it and got quotes. It looks like we will be able to start work in early January 2017 and that it should be operational by February 2017.

In the meantime, the guest house nearby remains our best ‘stop gap’ solution. They are adequate and have very reasonable rates. We are happy to book this for you and assist you with all your dealings with them, to ensure your identity remains private if that is important to you. Rooms are small but mostly meet our needs and they are very flexible regarding check in times etc. They also offer a five hour rate which could work for some of you. Please be in touch for details.

Once again, thank you to all of you for your ongoing support. Please contact us should you need anything, we are happy to help wherever we can. We are happy to meet over a coffee anytime that suits you to find out what you may need.