Dawne Marie Grannum Hosts "Brunch with Friends" at Sarabeth's in Lord & Taylor

(L-R)Jean Shafiroff, Dawne Marie Grannum, Ashley NYC, Joy Marks

I had the most lovely brunch yesterday with the most friendly and eclectic group of New York ladies. Last year I had the privilege of meeting NYC social butterfly, Dawne Marie Grannum, who is as beautiful on the inside as she is out. Since then we’ve become pals. Dawne really likes to live life to the fullest, working hard in the day in Risk Management, but making sure to be fabulous and have fun at some of New York’s most stylish events and parties. We have some mutual friends, and after attending her brunch gathering, I now have more friends. It was really a great way to start off the New Year. Most of my closest girlfriends live in Southern California where I am from, so it was a treat to spend time with new friends.

The brunch was at New Yorkers favorite brunch chain, Sarabeth’s, and the location was at Lord & Taylors! I felt like I was on an episode of Sex & the City: eating a gourmet brunch adjacent to some the most fashionable clothes and shoes that Lord & Taylor is known for!

One of the divas in attendance was New York social personality, stylist and TV reality star from “Single in the City”, Kathleen Giordano. I asked her to reflect on the experience, and she tells us:
“Who says New Year's Eve has to be celebrated on December 31st? Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a New Year's gathering at Lord and Taylor's Sarabeth's Restaurant on Fifth Avenue. This was a fabulous and cozy celebration of the most magnificent and talented women around the city. Our beautiful and gracious hostess, Dawne Marie Grannum, came up with this amazing idea for her friends to meet, network, laugh, rejoice and ring in the New Year with mimosas and smoothies! I, along with a handful of others, actually closed the restaurant down at 4:30 p.m........yes, you read it right the first time....4:30 p.m. and not a.m.! It was an incredibly fun time had by all. Thank you Dawn Marie and I wish you a very Happy Happy New Year full of love, fun, health and beautiful memories!!! “
Here’s to 2011, which is all about making new friends!

Standing:L-R: Joy Marks, Carolyn Thornquist, Samantha Park, Lisa Yom, Shannon Hales, Vevlyn Wright, Anna Kuchma, Ashley Sousa, Muyinot Raji, Kathleen Giordano, Saleda Bryant, Dorothy Joseph, Jean Griffin, Amber De Vos Seated:L-R:Sabrina Wirth, Bianca Kawecki, Dawne Marie Grannum, Jean Shafiroff, Emily Feinstein
(L-R) Emily Feinstein, Dorothy Joseph, Ashley NYC, Tanya SooHoo, Sabrina Wirth (L-R) Muyinot Raji, Saleda Bryant, Ashley NYC, Sabrina Wirth, Dawne Marie Grannum, Lisa Yom

(L-R) Jean Shafiroff, Robin Kearse, Kathleen Giordano

(L-R) Lisa Yom, Muyinot Raji, Saleda Bryant, Ashley, Samantha Park
(L-R) Chef Brian Donnelly, Jasmine Fourquet, Nidhi Nandwani, Dawne Marie Grannum, Mahmooda (last name?), Stephen Jacobsen, Christopher Lodge
Dawne always wears the cutest shoes, she's so Carrie Bradshaw!
All the ladies who attended recieved a lovely gift bag from Dawne, which included a signed copy of Alexandra Lebenthal's new book "The Recessionistas"! (I'm loving it so far, good read!)


  1. OMG, how fun does this event look. What a great idea to have a New Year's Brunch; you all looked amazing and the event looked super fun. Maybe I'll have to crash your party next New Year's. :-)

  2. Just saw this and absolutely love the idea! I am intrigued because I have been thinking of hosting something just after the New Year. I may give this idea a try. Glad I found this - thank you for sharing. Everyone looks fabulous!