Published on May 22, 2012, by in Random.


So I’ve been trying really hard lately to embrace the “new” television. I had my time with the random Reality TV that we all have. Don’t lie, you know you were watching something religiously. Big Brother, Survivor, Real Housewives. We’ve all been victims. Good, bad and the ugly, the ugly would be Bad Girls Club..

My rant tonight is focusing on the lack of great comedic writing. The stuff that doesn’t get old. I’m not saying there’s nothing good out there, but there just doesn’t seem to be that iconic funny that I’m so use to.

The Office, great, better in the UK then the US, but good stuff. Good writing, but eventually got old and stale. Hence why Steve Carell left the show before it blew up in flames. It did it’s time, was on for it’s time, but not for the 10-11 years some of us know that comedy shows can do.


And let’s talk about what I think is great TV now, but they get to do all the bad things that years ago writing couldn’t do and had to be funny without saying it, implying it only. But these great shows like Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Workaholics is funny, mostly because it’s sick humor and gets away with what comedy never was able to do before.



I could go way back, I Love Lucy days, where funny had to be funny and physical. Lucy knew physical comedy. Carol Burnett got that. And was to me one of the best! And then there is one who I think never received their props for physical comedy, John Ritter. “Three’s Company”, John knew funny and knew what to do in physical comedy to make you laugh. Today, still funny.


Let’s then talk about Larry David, there would be no Seinfeld without him, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, well come on. Some of the best, over the top, are you kidding me, sort of comedy. But disturbing to the point that you love and laugh. Definitely iconic in comedy writing. Remember I’m speaking TV not Movies (that’s another Blog)


But what can I say… Writing, actors and the moon and the stars were aligned and never will align like this ever again. The Golden Girls. I cannot tell you how the writing of this show and the actors/actresses that pull this off, could never be anyone else. It’s like saying that someone else could have played Scarlett in Gone with the Wind.. shut your mouth if you think anyone could have been Rose or anyone else be Dorthy. NEVER!

But the writing. The writing is by far the funniest, wittiest, clever and on point writing that you will never have again. It’s funny today, 20 years ago, and will still be funny 50 years from now. It’s like cereal, it’s a staple in my house. Pour myself a bowl every damn day and enjoy it! I said it!



So if you haven’t, get yourself some dvds or watch a Sunday afternoon of my girls. And if you understand comedic writing and how hard it is to do it all the time and not get old and stale after 2-3 seasons, these guys did it for a long time, but not long enough in my opinion. I never said.. oh no not this season “It Jumped The Shark”. And if you don’t know what that means, you never got to see the very embarrassing episode of Happy Days when The Fonz literally jumped a shark on jet skis.. turn it off turn it off.. LOL

Here’s the link for you if you’ve never seen it.. had to share this hot mess.Here is the link of the Fonz

oh and note, this is american tv, not british, hence why I didn’t include AbFab or Gimme Gimme Gimme or the other million other great shows they have. Yes Minister, another.

And yeah I have the complete series of GG and it came in the Sophia Purse.. LOL



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Published on May 20, 2012, by in Giveaway.


We are giving away two, yep, two of these bucket bags and matching cosmetic bags. In honor of Cannes Film Festival where Marilyn is the iconic image for this years festival along with our Happy Birthday Marilyn on June 1st. 


Enter to win one of these two Marilyn Bags and Matching Cosmetic bag. Made with an overstock of shower curtains HoM came across and could not pass up the opportunity to snatch them up for this occasion. Each is lined with a film themed lining. Imaged here is white with black film strips. 
Check more images out here : More Bag Images
We love these bags and will never be for sale!!!


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Published on May 13, 2012, by in Random.


Ok, so I get to write something warm and fuzzy tonight. I’m going to talk to you about these girls, Michelle Mumoli and Megan Gulick. These ladies are the brains, creatives, all awesomeness behind “Not Yo Mama’s” Fairs Event Organizers. This idea and way cool event planners are one of a kind. House of Minerva, LLC has been very lucky to have been able to work with these girls and their events and have always been so impressed with all they do. I mean I do lots of events, and have to say, as I grow, this is the only event that I can say I am committed to being part of. Not only because it’s always awesome and worth every penny and trip I to Jersey City, NJ, but because these girls are doing something so great I want to continue to support it as much as possible. I think they truly have something like no other. We all have been to those “Indie Markets”.. no, sorry, but these events are just so great. From the promotion of the events, marketing  and over all caring that these artist are making a living at what they love to do. These girls are the real deal.

Check them out and all they are about here …. 

And if you’re an artist, you need to ask these girls to look at your wares and try to be part of this. If you have a venue and you need something to fill it up, contact these girls!

Check them out…



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Published on May 2, 2012, by in Random.



I don’t nor never would claim that I’m a perfect parent. I’m only writing this tonight because I made a quick blurb on Facebook and received quite a few likes/responses. So here I blow!

As you may know or maybe you don’t, I am a designer, of many things, but last year saw a need for little girls clothing. Wasn’t really looking to be some big time name, was just hoping a few phenomenal moms would see what I was trying to do. I’m a product of the 70s, so pardon my ignorance with this, but I was a young mom. Had my first at 20 (coed dorms, knocked up, future blog story that’s rather comical, but not now). So I was hip, I was full of energy, but I wasn’t stupid. I didn’t give birth to my daughter and say “my daughter needs to look like an adult immediately” and throw all common sense about being young and innocent. You heard me right, knocked up in college, misguided, but still full of smarts. The day I had this thing called a daughter a few common senses kicked in. House of Minerva girls clothing was to turn things around and keep our little ones exactly that, little!

Don’t we have enough time to be an adult, let it all hang out and out sparkles all over? Why push it. You young moms have no idea. I’m a mom now of a 17 and 19 year old, both girls, and I’ve done a phenomenal job and am proud! Yeah they’re crazy, hello they are from my loins! Where are your loins?

Anyway, my point is, stop making your 5 year old be old beyond her years. Plenty of time for her to be a whore, don’t rush it! I’m serious too. Reality tv with toddlers and tiaras and dance moms! These people are sick! They also are setting themselves up for complete and utter disappointment! See, I love my kids but never over shot! They will be who they are, I support encourage and never over Insert myself. Your life can’t revolve around any one human being, kid or not! And on top of that make them age appropriate. Let them learn and develop their own style!

Hey mom that dresses your kids to the nine for grocery shopping and a million bows and sparkles, what are you showing them? As long as they are clean and not a brat you’re good.

Ok, now from a design perspective, hold on…..

What’s not ok…
1. Bow in hair, bow on shirt, bow on patent leather shoes…..too much and it shows you have OCD
2. Any cutouts in shirts or pants…it’s just wrong and cheap
3. Bedazzle …. STOP! I dont care, but more importantly not ok on your 3 yr olds ass saying juicy!
4. Too much animal print… She looks like she is the 7th on real housewives of Atlanta! I’m just saying!
5. Makeup, really. Come on, she has a life as an adult having to cake it on, Brazilian wax it, don’t rush it.
6. Lastly, for now, nothing novelty! Meaning enough of the Disney, enough of the Sponge Bob, one or two is ok, not a whole wardrobe! And never Veggie Tails lol!

What’s ok:
1. Age appropriate pretty make her feel good stuff!
2. HoM dresses
3. There are so many great, cool, fun and funky wares for kids it’s limitless. That’s why I’m confused.
4. HoM dresses

Let me say that I was never the one to judge anyone! I was the one who didn’t care Miley was on a pole at Teen Choice! Who cares she’s a celebrity and well making money, don’t really nor ever did. It’s a design thing, your kids not cute in that? They look ridiculous and you look even worse!



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Published on April 23, 2012, by in Random.


“Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation”…. not sure who said this or where it came from, but it is what I wanted to share, ok, I needed to write about it today.

Some would say that I’m pretty passionate just about everything. Some may even see this as a flaw. But I am who I am. I’m passionate about a lot of things, and I’m passion about relationships that I really invest time and energy in. But lately I’ve noticed that my life has changed and these life changing things leave me a bit more open to people who are users and have only their own butts to think about. Their initial intent may not have been to be a blood sucker, but turned out that way.

So I’m going to give a few people the very deserving middle finger. Well, just because. I no longer have time or energy to invest in people who are nasty, using, and even more importantly, uninteresting… the MIDDLE FINGER… 

Ok, so now that I’ve made myself feel better, let me just tell you why I am ridding myself of these people.

  1. They seem to suck me dry for any and every opportunity.
  2. They think they are owed something.
  3. They bore me with their “poor me” “I’m broke” “my life sucks” BS… yawn yawn.
  4. Lazy, you’re lazy, you want something for nothing. Get off your ass and work for it.
  5. Stop living for the immediate day, plan accordingly. Think about the “What if Kate’s not around anymore” scenario. Yeah it could happen. LOL
  6. I could go on.. but you get the idea…..

I’m a very nice, beyond nice person. I do for people and NEVER expect anything in return. I do nice things because it makes me feel good about me and I know I’m helping someone. But never ever do I expect something in return, maybe a thank you, ok yeah, I do expect a thank you. LOL

What’s the point? The point is, I’m done with those that have leached off me, those that have leached off my very hard working husband. DELETED from my life! And it feels good.

I haven’t found the G.O.D., but I feel reborn!

And I will never speak of this again, post about it… but now you know!


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  House of Minerva, LLC


Press Release

Contact: House of Minerva

Phone: 484-725-5009


1:00 p.m. April 18, 2012

House of Minerva Rockin’ and rollin’

macungie,pa April 18, 2012:  House of Minerva, LLC has confirmed they will be participating in ”Rock Rolla” MTV Movie Awards Eco Lounge” produced by Debbie Durkin’s Main Event Red Carpet Lounge & Green Suite (stage presented by Gibson Guitar). A branded Music & Celebrity Hospitality Lounge honoring the 2012 MTV Movie Awards Nominees & Presenters. The event will take place on Friday, June 1 & Saturday, June 2 at the Pickford Hancock Park private estate – Los Angeles, CA. The famous Estate where the Academy Award winning movie “The Artits” was filmed.


House of Minerva (being represented at the event by Owner/Designer Kate Elfatah and Office and Design Coordinator Annabella Estrada) will be greeting and meeting celebrities and sharing their wonderful handmade wares. The standard HoM product lines will be represented, celebs have already been talking about and already support, but House of Minerva will be launching and highlighting handmade limited edition guitar straps in honor of this event.


House of Minerva is honored to be going to LA to take part in this event and working with Durkin Entertainment and Producer Debbie Durkin for the second time.


House of Minerva, LLC is a premier brand in the Celebrity Luxury Events arena and this year HoM continues to focus on branding their name with receiving national exposure.


As more information is available an updated press release with be created.




For inquiries regarding Media, including interviews, features, television appearances, blogs, etc. contact Owner and Designer Kate Elfatah at 484-725-5009 or Office and Design Coordinator Annabella Estrada at 484-505-9420. Email inquiries:







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So tonight as I always do, I go thru my Flipboard and read all my news! My thing I do and share as I do on fb for those I know are watching. (if you Friend me you will see…Kate Elfatah (Katie Thorpe Estrada) Tonight I journey to Pinterest and start my lookie lookie! Always enjoy it and was an obsession at one time. But tonight I was worried. Worried because people are just posting to post random and not even attractive, or humorous! Not even people promoting their own brands so you may let it slide. Like I do for HoM. Lol.

One person, I know I followed, posting the most ridiculous clothing that was uninteresting and I didn’t get it. Wasn’t their biz, was random, not interesting stuff. Repinning everyone and just screaming look at me! On fb there is protocol and I hope etiquette! Like don’t post random crap on my wall, I’ll post it if it warrants it! Pinterest has no filters. The only filter is to not follow the person any longer.

Now that I think of it, maybe this is the not so nice or must be polite app, its probably genius. You annoy me enough, I’ll unfollow. On fb we maintain friends, well just because, right? I won’t use any names from pinterest, i am a lady in that regards, lol, but there’s one person that feels the need to post every blunt card! Dude we get it, it’s all funny. Now I’ve unfollowed because I don’t have time to read 100 blunt cards to get to something good. One or two pertinent blunt cards, we all enjoy, but you have to know when is enough. And what does a dude know about my PMS! If you post this, you’re not reading them either. Don’t expect me to. It’s creepy.

Hey young girl with a Gap credit card or works at Ambercrombie, you’re not helping things by not trying to look cool by posting ever Ralph Lauren ad from W mag! I like it too, one, even two is ok, but I don’t need you to pin the entire 2012 Spring Line from Paris Fashion Show.

Ok, I’m done. Let’s keep this AMAZING thing called Pinterest, Interesting!




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Published on April 13, 2012, by in Creating.


So I’ve been reading quite a bit lately and one thing I must say I’ve loved reading people’s stories on start up and why they started a business and the, at times, very personal stories. We all have them, but to feel the heart and soul, as cornball as it sounds, is very inspiring to a lot of us.

I believe all great businesses tell a story. I think to connect with your customers they have to believe you and trust you! And telling them your personal story is important. Not your bio, resume, why your product is so wonderful. Why is it you do what you do, why is your piece of American entrepreneur important! It’s a story!

So, I’m going to tell you my story! Not all at once, not today, but over the course of a few days piecing it all together for all to know why IT IS House of Minerva and why I believe in this and a few others have taken the risk of my product and more importantly, of me! HoM wouldn’t be HoM without me. It’s a brand I’m forming and I’m interwoven into that brand.




So please check back if you're interested in the story! Ok ok, it's going to be funny and light hearted but also honest.



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So today I just had to write about the 100 million business groups, that I think their intentions are good, but they miss the mark!

A few things I’ll just state matter of factly:

1. Why does a business community need this many business groups? I’ve concluded that as humans we must be part of as many groups to feel important. But is being part of so many helping your business?
2. These seem to be more for those providing services that are also redundant! How many financial advisors are there? Sheesh!
3. people think they should get things for free or be users because you are a “member” of a group! This is business!
4. Bartering I have no need. Again great for the service industry because it’s time and effort etc, but I’m manufacturing, creating etc. my return isn’t great! Not interested. And again always seem to give more than I receive.

Ok regarding events/ networking, expos etc. again we have large, very large companies at expos branding and I feel wasting their time. I don’t know one company that attends a business expo in a small community looking to change their company insurance carrier? I was in that biz for years and never seen it! That’s not how it’s done.

These events should cater to the attendees not the vendors! Vendors are bidding, trying to get me to look at them! Food works, but if your not a caterer why are you serving food to get me to you, especially when your a health coach serving cookies?

Expos should try to have interns or something being an “ambassador” for the vendors and attendees. Ambassador greeting you, getting a quick biz bio and take you to the appropriate vendors you may have interest in.

Lastly! Wow! I have tattoos and I don’t wear a suit etc, and sport some funky hair, does that mean mr vendor I’m not worth conversation. I was ignored by so many approaching tables, people not even looking up at me. I seriously felt like Julia Roberts in pretty woman when she went to the boutiques on rodeo. Mind you, I was NOT dressed as a prostitute but shocked todays world we live in and probably area, I don’t think I was ever looked at or treated like a viable customer. Again, would love to go back and tell those people like Julia did “big mistake, big big mistake” lol

That’s my rant for today!





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Published on April 8, 2012, by in Creating.


When you’re a start up and a small business we know nothing of this thing called Holidays! Haha it’s a work day, very productive work day! Was great seeing customers share with me today of their little ones in HoM Easter wear!




Always very cool!

But we also got some of the new stuff up on the site for our customers! Love that I have a photo room to accomplish this, thanks to my hubby!



Also, Not Yo Mamas shared pics from the event last weekend! Very cool HoM pics.



Last night my hubby and I had a few moments of time together, him on call this weekend, me with the biz, crazy hours. We watched Carlitos Way, was on one of the channels Starz etc. but showed him Penelope now vs in the movie! She’s still gorgeous, and sports HoM products! Love her!
Me with her pre oscars! She was in The Artist! Love!



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