Women to Watch Soiree

Join BRAVA Magazine at the Women to Watch Soiree! The event celebrates the 2018 Women to Watch honorees featured in the January issue of…

BINGE DRINKING HELP

By Rae Sanders Wisconsin ranked third in the nation for binge drinking in 2016, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health. That’s especially problematic…

SINGLE ORIGIN GANACHE

Make your own deliciously rich and thick hot chocolate with this recipe from Megan Hile, owner of Madison Chocolate Company.

THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE YET

On October 15th, Design for a Difference made history by completing the largest charity design makeover in the country!

THE HYGGE LIFE, WISCONSIN STYLE

What is Denmark’s secret to surviving dark days and coming out happy on the other side? The answer lies in the winter-embracing Danish art of hygge.

THE ART OF FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is often misunderstood. Forgiveness is not excusing, justifying or forgetting the wrongdoing.

PURPOSE BEFORE PROFIT

Every day, more companies put empathy first. These Madison businesses have joined the movement to reach beyond the bottom line in their community.

SIBLINGS SIREN SONG

Novelist and Madison resident Chloe Benjamin is elated to ring in the new year. When January begins, her second book, “The Immortalists,” will be published.

A HOT FLASH FORWARD

Since all the war stories I heard beforehand of pregnancy and childbirth were mere cliff notes of how awful those turned out to be, is menopause a one-way ticket to hell physically—and mentally?

WINTER SKIN WELLNESS

Winter tends to wear on our skin but local soap and emollient makers have created some solutions. Lindsay Snow, “master soaper” at Craft Brewed Suds in Madison, recommends a combination of handmade soap and lotion bars to keep your skin hydrated.

SUGAR BABES

By Rachel Werner As holiday festivities crop up on the calendar, a good place to start shopping for treats for a holiday meal or…

MORNING MOJO

Brunch hits the spot any day of the week at Porter. Tucked inside the revamped train depot off West Washington Avenue, the chic coffee shop’s morning fixins’ are hearty.

THE PERILS OF BINGE DRINKING

In 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Health reported that Wisconsin ranked third in the nation for binge drinking—for women that means drinking four or more drinks on one occasion.

2018 THRIVE with BRAVA Package

THRIVE WITH BRAVA IN 2018! “BRAVA’s mission is to provide content and events that encourage, inspire and empower Madison-area women to thrive in their…

THRIVE Career Workshops | 2018

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HOLIDAY CHARM

Expect a vintage arrival from Santa at The National Railroad Museum in Green Bay. The locomotive-themed nonprofit transports visitors back in time to when traveling by rail was all the rage.

RAVES & FAVES 2017

The annual BRAVA Raves & Faves is a gal’s guide to Madison’s best locally-owned businesses. Curated by BRAVA readers, for BRAVA readers.

STORIES AND STRIDES

Alzheimer’s kills more people than breast and prostrate cancer combined. In Wisconsin, the disease took 2,085 lives in 2016.

FARMHOUSE FINESSE

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to set the table for company. Traditional touches with a modern farmhouse twist make for a wholesome feel.

A TIARA AND A TOOL BELT

Jamie Bradford started her wood furniture and home accessory business under the pretense that she was just a mom with a hobby. But Bradford’s Wisconsin Farmhouse has become a thriving design hub for modern farmhouse style enthusiasts.

A HEROINE’S NARRATIVE

As the producer and biweekly host of Wisconsin Life, Erika Janik’s passion for obscure facts and local trailblazers—past and present—shines through.

DINNER AND A SHOW

Dining at Rare Steakhouse makes you feel rich. Not gold-toilet-seat, your-name-on-a-high-rise rich, but elegant, mahogany trim, leather booths and chandelier rich.

GOLDEN ERA

All that glitters is definitely gold across Titletown Park in Green Bay. Titletown Park occupies the same property as Lodge Kohler, Hinterland Brewery’s new digs and Bellin Health’s sleek sports medicine and orthopedics’ facility. 

WREATHS FOR RELIEF

Renee and Seth Spicer started Floret and Pine so they could create 100 percent biodegradable winter wreaths. Floret and Pine weaves holiday joy with…

BREAKING THE BRASS CEILING

Not long after Jen Roman joined the Madison Fire Department, she had to make a few adjustments— to her equipment.

A FIT IN THE TRADE SHE LOVES

Sandy Thistle had what it took to be in construction. She was a natural at math and understood mechanics, so she could easily do the figuring it took to make a project plumb.

BRINGING SOMETHING MORE TO THE POLICE FORCE

Alex Nieves Reyes was 14 when her mom brought Reyes and her three siblings from Puerto Rico to New York City. Times weren’t easy and the family ended up on the streets, and then in a shelter.

MAKE A STATEMENT

Rebelistas rouse! Adorn yourself in contrasting accents! Embrace fall’s coolness by draping a smart trench over sleek, cigarette jeans, and its heat, with a fierce crimson clutch.

GOOD EATS AND ANTIQUES

Simple, small-town charm is what you’ll encounter on a sunny day in Lake Mills, although don’t let the laid-back atmosphere fool you—there’s plenty to do.

ABOUT THE MODELS

BRAVA Magazine sat down with our two fall fashionistas, Brittany Kraemer and Holly Meyers, for a quick “About the Models” interview.

TOWARD VALUE AND WELLBEING IN LIFE

Jen Rudis understands that life can be a roller coaster. After losing 125 pounds a few years ago, she was inspired to leave her corporate human resources and finance career.

COLLEEN HAYES

Most would be hard-pressed to find a positive spin in a breast cancer diagnosis, but Colleen Hayes, who was diagnosed this past spring, regularly thinks about how lucky she is.

PURPLE REIGN

Devil’s Lake Lavender, a small lavender farm outside of Madison, brings the French countryside to the heart of Wisconsin.

TRAIPSING VINES

Skirting the lush ridges of Madison’s outer borders, two wineries recently opened expansive spaces—signaling Wisco palates are clamoring for an elevated drinking experience.

STILL I RISE

Barriers can be exhausting, especially if our eyes are on a goal. That’s where resilience comes in, a subject that Gail Ford knows all too well.

LIQUID LIBRARY

Yahara Bay Distillery outgrew its original Fitchburg facility in record time, thanks to cranking out over 25 private-label spirits a year, in addition to housing the expansive packaging and storage operation of Vom Fass U.S.A.

BEEF UP YOUR BASEMENT

Interior designer Allison Mercier had her work cut out for her when she took on transforming an underused basement into a bright, upscale and fun space.

NOODLED TO PERFECTION

RP’s Pasta Company founder and master pasta maker Peter Robertson’s primary goal is to give customers a phenomenal food experience.

A FRESH TAKE ON OPERA

Thanks to Melanie Cain, her husband Frank and their company Fresco Opera Theatre, perceptions of what opera is—and whom it’s meant for—are changing.

CHILDREN’S DELIGHT

Children’s Theater of Madison Erica Berman helps to ensure both families and organizations alike can experience the talent, passion, and cultural differences within the local arts scene.

PURPOSE OVER PAIN

If chronic pain or an injury is putting a cramp in daily life, try these relief methods offered by local wellness experts.

GILDED WINGS

A decade-long professional dance career taught former prima ballerina and Madison native Rachelle Butler a vital lesson.

FOR LOVE OF PEOPLE AND PLACE

The once spare area is transforming into a spectacular green space highlighting the beauty of Lake Mendota, the Memorial Union and the Red Gym and recognizing the broad contributions from UW Madison’s storied history: Its alumni.

IT’S SHOWTIME!

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 must-see art events in the coming year in the Madison area.

FERTILE GROUND: MEG MITCHELL’S BOUNTIFUL CREATIONS

Meg Mitchell’s creative genius was working on overdrive when she mocked up the concept for the “Hops Exchange,” her plant-based installation added earlier this year to the MMoCA’s rooftop sculpture garden.

WHAT’S FINE ON HIGHWAY 69

You don’t have to travel far to find a few historic Wisconsin towns that feel worlds away. Hop on Highway 69 to visit Verona, Paoli, and New Glarus today.

SUMMER SKIN REHAB

Too much fun in the sun can leave skin chapped, cracked and lackluster. Infuse more moisture into dry areas with hydrating cleansers, whipped creams and organic salves.

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