Autumn Nights

Well Sweetpeas, summer has come, and gone… Like a lover in the night, it has abandoned us to the sweet mercies of the cold hard truth of ever colder (and darker) mornings. We managed to get one last fling in before the seasons turned and Priscilla’s organised one of our midweek outings on 28 March.

We decided to impose ourselves on the good people at Trouble Bar. We have been somewhat remiss and have not been to the ‘new’ Trouble venue since they moved there almost two years ago. This was simply due to us being busy doing other things. As always, we were treated fantastically by Hilton and his staff were all professional and courteous in the extreme.

The evening started early for us. I raced home from a lunch time business meeting and started getting myself presentable. Irene was already hard at work as she had two makeovers to do. I did my usual beauty routine and chose an outfit and got myself ready. In the meantime, our friend Suzie arrived from work to get ready.

We were particularly pleased to have a visitor from Spain stay with us. She was in Johannesburg on business and had decided to extend her stay to include a little ‘personal’ time. She had visited us nearly two years ago and it was fantastic to renew the acquaintance.

Having completed everyone’s makeup Irene came in and started to get ready herself… She very kindly found a few spare minutes to ‘touch up’ my makeup and fix my most glaring errors. While she was getting ready Susanna, Suzie and I sat and chatted over a drink. Unfortunately, Liza could not join us as she was not yet ready and she needed to pick up a friend on the way to Trouble…

Then as always, a problem arose (come on, you know it wouldn’t be an undercover tgirl outing without some or other near disaster befalling us) … My reprobate dog sneaks out of the property any opportunity he has and goes and visits our elderly neighbour where he is thoroughly spoiled. Getting treats, being allowed to sleep with her in her bed etc. He had snuck out and been with her sometime. She phoned to ask us if we wanted him back. Erm… What to do? I was in full en femme mode and whilst I don’t mind what she thinks of me, I also do not want to give her a heart attack! Fortunately, Irene was by now ready and she performed operation dog rescue on my behalf!

There was time for a few quick photos and then we headed on to Trouble.

Nicci and Michelle were already at Trouble when we arrived. It was wonderful to see Hilton again after such a long time and it was nice to catch up with Nicci and Michelle too. Soon we were joined by Jenny as well. I was starting to get a little worried about Liza as I thought she should have arrived not long after us. She arrived a little while later, slightly flustered. She had been pulled over by the police on the way to us after picking up Stef… This is always a stressful occurrence. If your drivers’ licence does not match your presentation it leads to awkward questions and you can never be sure that the police won’t get ‘difficult’. I have personally never had a problem with the police (I have been pulled over twice) but I have heard of people who have been harassed by some police officers. Fortunately, Liza was ok and the police were not too problematic.
A lovely evening ensued and the food and drink flowed freely. I was impressed with my food. It was reasonably priced (I had one of the ‘specials’) and plentiful. It was also rather tasty! The pink drink I had was divine… I LOVE pink drinks.
Just as we had finished eating, Carla and Petrus arrived. It was Carla’s birthday that day and I was surprised but very happy to see her as I had not seen her for some time. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARLA! Many selfies and photos were taken. Old acquaintances were renewed and some new connections forged. Everyone seemed to have a good time and we all enjoyed ourselves.

 

Then, a funny thing happened. I needed the toilet and managed to walk into the men’s facility by mistake! Fortunately, I was the only person using it at the time. This has been something of a recurring problem for me of late… A few weeks ago, I was at Rosebank Mall in male mode and I walked into the women’s toilets by mistake… Then at a school function a few days later (again in male mode) I NEARLY walked in to the women’s toilets… Clearly, I need to pay more attention to the way I am dressed and DOUBLE check signage before entering these facilities.
A big thank you to everyone who came out midweek to share in an evening of fun and friendship. I hope you all had as much fun as I think you did. As always thanks to Hilton for hosting us. We need to try and do these a little more frequently in future. Hopefully we can think of a FUN weekend activity in the near future… All ideas welcome!

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Halloween Fun and Games

So, Halloween is an excellent opportunity (excuse?) to dress up and get out and about. If you are recognised, well you are just having some innocent Halloween gender bending fun. If your presentation is a little ‘off’, well you are in dress up mode, so what?

With this in mind I am pleased to tell you about not one but two Halloween parties that are happening this Halloween.

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On 31 October (Halloween itself), Amuse will be hosting a midweek Halloween party. Entrance is free and there will be a free bottle of whisky for the best dressed person at the party.

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On Saturday 27 October, there will be a party at Trouble (aka Big Boss Diner). Like Amuse, entrance is free and there will be prizes for the best dressed. Hilton has also promised drinks specials throughout the night!

I honestly cannot guarantee that Irene and/or I will be at either of these events, we will do our very bets, but life has been hectic lately and I am not sure it will get any better in the short term, but we would encourage you all to get out if you can.

The last Halloween party I attended was a long time ago in 2015. I went to an event hosted by Lola Montez (when she was still doing events) and then I went to Trouble. Both were a lot of fun and it really helped me gain confidence in getting out on my own… I thought I would share a few pictures that may inspire you.

This is a fantastic opportunity to safely get out and about and also support those LGBT friendly institutions that give us a safe place to socialise. On that note it is always nice to meet like minded people, share some experiences and of course have a little bit of a party too!

Hope to see you all out in your amazing fabulousness.

Summary of the events:

Amuse
Where: 34, 5th Street, Linden
When: 31 October
Time: Open from 3-30 pm, but the crowd usually gets going after 7-30 pm
Entrance: Free
Crowd: Diverse

Trouble
Where: Corner Rabie and Republic, Randburg
When: 27 October
Time: From around 8 pm onwards
Entrance: Free
Crowd: Mostly LGBT peeps, but all welcome.

 

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Time to get out and about. No Excuses!

Exciting news! We are planning not one but two outings in September. One midweek and one on a Saturday, so there are no excuses.

Firstly, time for something completely new. A book launch! Priscilla’s Services assisted an author (Maire Fisher) with ideas on how to represent a non-binary character in her new novel (The Enumerations) earlier this year. The book is being launched in Johannesburg in September and we have been invited to the book launch. We thought it would be a fun evening for you all to come with and as there is a transgender character (non-binary people fall on the transgender spectrum) the theme kind of works. Here are the details:
When: Thursday 13 September
Time: To be advised, probably around 6 pm or so
Where: Love Books The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville
Entrance is free but it would be a good idea to support the South African publishing industry, so why not buy a book, or two?

We know this is a little early but don’t despair, we can always go somewhere else for a meal, a drink and a natter afterwards. There are plenty of options in Melville or we are always welcome at Amuse.

We would love to see you there, whether you can come en femme or en homme or whatever…

Secondly, it is time for Slutwalk again. As usual we will be there to add our voices as a protest against sexual assault. It is absolutely a safe space for you to be. There are always a few gender non-conforming people around and your safety is assured. So please join us on the march. We then plan on going somewhere nice for lunch after the march. We haven’t quite decided where yet, but we are thinking of a pizzeria in Northcliff or perhaps a nice restaurant/cafe in Parkhurst or Linden. We are open to suggestions… So why not join us on the march, it would be fantastic to see you all, and then we can have a lovely lunch and a chat afterwards.
When: Saturday 29 September
Time: 10 am
Where:Pirates Sports Club, Greenside
Entrance is free but a donation towards rape survivors would be appreciated

Hope to see you at one, or both, of these fantastic opportunities to socialise. Please contact us should you need more information and please remember you are more than welcome to come dressed however you like.
Irene will be available to help you if required.

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We Are Growing

Due to an ever increasing demand for our services, we have had to expand. Happily an existing space on pour property has become available and we are pleased to inform you that we in addition to the Priscilla’s Studio experience, we will soon be able to offer the Priscilla’s Suite experience.

Priscilla’s Suite will be a larger space for you to use if so desired. It will consist of an open plan living room and full kitchen area. The living room will have a television, sleeper couches and other creature comforts. The kitchen will be fully equipped with a stove, microwave, fridge, kettle coffee machine etc and this will give you many more options than we can currently offer you.
There will of course be a bedroom as well as a full bathroom.

The suite will offer plenty of space for you to use in any way you wish, and it will also accommodate more overnight guests than we can currently manage.

We are in the middle of renovating the space to ensure that it meets the same standards as you have come to expect from Priscilla’s Services.

We hope to have the space completed by the end of May and look forward to welcoming many more of you to make use of our extensive range of services, that have all been designed with you in mind.

In the meantime, Priscilla’s Studio remains fully operational and is unaffected by the renovations, so why not book a makeover, a transformation package or even a night or two with us and let all your dreams come true?

Don’t forget our May Madness Sale on accommodation. Book FOUR nights at the studio and you only pay for three! Feel free to contact us for more details, or to avoid disappointment simply book today!

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Anna’s Emporium of Delights and All Things Nice https://www.facebook.com/groups/344227055996103/

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

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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)…