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)…


Happy Holidays

We would like to wish all our clients, supporters and friends a very happy festive season. We would also like to thank you all for your amazing support throughout 2017. We value our relationships with each and everyone of you and hope to deepen and further this in the coming months.

Be fabulous, be safe and have fun.

We are ready and able to assist you with any of your beauty, makeup, crossdressing, transformation, shopping, storage and other needs and hope to see you all in 2018.

Look out for news of our next social/meet and greet (planned for February 2018) early in the New Year.

Seasons Greetings from all at the Priscilla’s Team

Happy Clients Make Us Happy

We were recently  privileged to host Liza in our studio. Liza is an out of town girl who sometimes travels to Johannesburg on  business. She likes to take advantage of the time in a different city to get out and about en femme as much as possible. She has all her own clothes and is an accomplished applier of her own makeup. She really only needs a friendly place to sleep where if she is spotted she will not feel judged or unsafe. She has therefore only ever used us for accommodation in the past as she has little need of our other crossdressing services.

She was visiting us last week and we were, as ever, very happy to host her. She mentioned that now that she is a more mature lady it was taking her longer to get ready as she has to work harder on her makeup. I reminded her that Irene was on site and would be happy to assist.

As her schedule was tight she said she would give it a go as at the very least getting the makeup done would reduce her time taken to get ready thus allowing more time for fun. Irene obliged and we were very happy to see just how good Liza looked and more importantly how happy Liza was with the result.

I would say Irene took 15 to 20 years off her and in half the time it would take Liza to apply the makeup on her own. She looks really feminine and happy.

Liza said : ‘Irene of Pricilla’s Services in Jhb worked this magic with her amazing make over! She turned an aging trannie into an attractive woman with the brush work of an angel Thank you sooooooo much!!!!’

We always feel so privileged when we have helped one of our clients to feel like the beautiful woman that we always knew was hidden away inside. Look forward to seeing you again soon Liza, hopefully we  can synchronise diaries better so that we can join you for some time out and about next time.

‘Tis the season to be jolly


We at Priscilla’s Services are happy to announce our special deals for The Holiday Season 2017. We know how much you would like to spoil that special someone at this time if year and we are therefore happy to offer you some great gift ideas as well.

Transformation Offer
From 11 November to 31 December 2017 we are happy to offer you a transformation package for the fantastically low price of ONLY R650. A saving of R400!
This package will give you the opportunity to explore your feminine side discreetly and  includes:
Use of the studio for the day of the transformation (from 9 am to 5 pm).
Use of a wide selection of quality wigs, breast forms, hip pads etc.
Hire of clothing, shoes, accessories etc.
Having your makeup done for you (use of all the top of the range product is included in the price).
The only items not supplied by Priscilla’s is your underwear. Please bring your own, or we would be happy to purchase some for you.
The offer is limited to one per person and must be paid for before 31 December and must be redeemed before 31 March 2018.


The Makeover
Struggling to find that perfect gift for someone special in your life? Why not buy a makeover for yourself, for just R650 and get a FREE makeover voucher as a gift for a friend?
The makeover includes:
Use of the studio for the day of the transformation (from 9 am to 5 pm).
Having your makeup done for you (all product is included in the price) in a style of your choosing.
This offer is valid until 31 March 2018, but must be paid for by 24 December 2017 (we will deliver the voucher to you or your friend electronically in time for Christmas).

We look forward to welcoming you to our studio and making you and your friends feel fabulously feminine. Please contact us should you have any queries or require further information.

Happy Holidays!






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.


The Priscilla’s Team