Assisting the Gauteng LGBT (especially transgender and crossdressing) community, with makeup, accomodation, storage, fashion (personal shopping) and transformation services. Safety and discretion guaranteed. Fun and happiness assured. Johannesburg, South Africa.
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!
We were privileged to make a new friend last weekend. Carol was visiting South Africa on business and at the last minute decided to spend a night at Priscilla’s Services.
Despite a rather late arrival time (Ma Winnie’s funeral was playing havoc with the airlines), we managed to get Carol transformed, made-up and looking ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS before heading out to the ever welcoming Amuse for a drink or two.
Unluckily for us we arrived after the band had finished their gig. Luckily for us one of the musos was trying to drive up his bar tab so we each got a free drink. Dirck was his usual friendly self and made us both feel very welcome. As it was a little quiet we came home and Carol was happy to spend a night in comfort in our well appointed studio before departing all too soon for home.
A fun night was had and we were just happy to be of service to a traveler looking for a fun and safe night out en femme! If you are ever in town, why not look us up it is amazing what we can do on short notice… Having more time is ALWAYS better though!
PS: are those shoes not to die for! She brought them with her and she was lucky to leave with them!!! <Joke>
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.
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!
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
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.
From 11 November to 31 December 2017 we are happy to offer you a transformation package for the fantastically low price of ONLYR650. 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.
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.
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.