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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New Procedures and Policies

Due to some recent difficulties we have been in the process of reviewing our policies and procedures at Priscilla’s Services.It is with regret that we inform you of these changes.

Unfortunately some shoes and wigs that we hired out recently were not returned to us. Despite numerous calls to the person in question and promises to deliver them to us, meet us in person so that we could collect them etc we have still not had them returned to us. We have decided that we will simply write these items off and accept the loss. Additionally, some shoes were returned to us so badly damaged that we had to dispose of them. We have thus lost these items forever and other clients will be unable to use them. Given how little we charge for rental it is hard to justify replacing these items.

We have also had a few instances recently where people have booked a makeover or transformation package with us and then simply not arrived. This is a major problem for us. Not only do we lose the revenue from the missed appointment, but as we close off the venue and our time for the duration of the appointment we also forego the chance of earning other revenue at this time. We have even had to turn people away this week due to us being booked only to find that the original client did not arrive.

In an effort to limit the loss of our clothes and wigs and preserve our revenue we will therefore be implementing the following new policies and procedures for all new Priscilla’s Services clients:
Service Fee Deposit
All people wishing to make use of our services who were not clients in good standing before 1 August 2018 (if you are not sure if you qualify please feel free to ask) will have to pay a deposit of 50% of the service fee in order to secure their booking. We will not confirm your booking until such time as we have received the deposit. The deposit will be offset against the final fee charged when the service is rendered. You are welcome to pay by EFT, credit card (using the Paypal ‘buy now’ button to the right of the page), debit card, cash (in person or by cash deposit in a bank) or by Paypal.
Should your appointment be canceled by us (an unlikely event) we will be happy to refund the deposit in full.
Should you cancel your appointment with less than 5 days notice we will not refund the deposit.
Increased Deposit on Rental Items
Deposits on rental items have been increased to more fully represent the replacement cost. All deposits and rental fees will be charged in full upon collection. If the goods are returned on time and in good order the deposit will be refunded in full. If they are returned late the additional rental fee will be offset against the deposit. If the goods are damaged any repairs will be offset against the deposit and any remaining balance will be refunded to you, but only after the repairs have been completed.

We trust that you understand the reasons for these changes and accept that the changes have not been taken lightly. We value your support and want to ensure that we can continue to provide you with the very best service in town. We can only do that if we manage our business effectively and to do that we need your support.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any queries in this regard.

As always we are looking forward to seeing you at Priscilla’s Services. We are here to help and want to make sure you have the best experience ever.

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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Carol Vamps It Up

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>

 

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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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.

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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)…