A Summer Outing

Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center’s sweeping views of Lake Monona make a relaxing setting for the 2018 Cancer Survivors & Thrivers Ice Cream Social. The healthcare technology facility is hosting the free event for its eight year in honor of the individuals, families and their loved ones whom have been touched by cancer.

What’s In Your Sunscreen?

When I was a kid, sunscreen was seen as an option. Nowadays, I don’t dare go outside without sunscreen on my pale Irish skin. It’s an essential in the battle against skin cancer. But is there reason to worry about the chemicals in my sunscreen?

Northern Splendor

My mom owned a cottage in Grand Marais, Minnesota, for 17 years. When people asked why in the world she chose a vacation destination requiring an eight-hour car ride north, she’d respond, “Because that’s where Grand Marais is.”

A Seasonal Flair

Why should you care about incorporating seasonal flavors into your baking and cooking? Experimenting can broaden culinary horizons and expose taste buds to new and exciting flavors. In fact, you might fall in love with something you’ve never tried before!

Duluth bridge

Stretch Your Legs in Duluth

If you decide to visit Grand Marais, you may want to make a pit stop in Duluth, Minnesota, a bustling college town on the southern tip of Lake Superior.

About the Model: Jennifer DeMain

Get to know one of our May 2018 models – Jennifer DeMain. When she’s not striking a pose for BRAVA, Jennifer is a lead instructor at Cyc Fitness, a trainer at Kamps Fit and an instructor at Canvas Club Boxing. 

About the Model: Kaila Pooler

Get to know one of our May 2018 models – Kaila Pooler. When she’s not striking a pose for BRAVA, Kaila is a Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor.

Critters Re-Entering the Wild

Paige Pederson has worked as a wildlife rehabilitator at the Dane County Humane Society’s Wildlife Center since 2014. “I really love my job,” she says. “You never know what the next phone call will bring. It’s extremely rewarding to see an injured animal come in, and then to return them back to their environment.”

Blooms Cruise

Flower power isn’t a cliché to Crazy Daisy owner Michelle Hornung; it’s a daily mantra. Hornung describes the pop-up floral “bar” as a quirky side gig to her day job, but also as a creative way to funnel the professional kindness she’s been honored for into the community.

Pfister Hotel WELL Spa

Lapping Up The Luxury

All of the grandeur at The Pfister Hotel makes ducking into this downtown Milwaukee hotel seem more like a jaunt to Europe. This luxury includes the hotel’s lower-level Well Spa + Salon in the exact spot where Turkish-style baths were in the hotel long ago is a pampering oasis.

Debunking Branding Myths

For budding female entrepreneurs, it’s important to stand out so that potential customers can identify why your brand is best suited for them, rather than a competitor’s. This is known as ‘personal branding.’

Creating A Village

It seems only fitting that a mother-daughter team would start a nonprofit aimed at empowering mothers to be the best parents they can be. The Catalyst Project is a community of support for young, single mothers with young children, who can feel very alone and overwhelmed by their circumstances.

How to DISRUPT the Status Quo

In a new world, where #metoo and #timesup are the movements of the day, more women are finding their voices to disrupt the status quo. There’s power in numbers. And we are just getting started.

Boss-Up Leaders

It’s time to “BOSS UP,” leaders! But first, we must learn the core essence of what leadership is—service. Leadership isn’t about being bossy or giving orders; it is about serving people. Successful leaders lead by example.

Invisible Boundaries

Closing out Theatre LILA’s 2017-2018 season, “Lines” is meant to sharpen its audiences’ ears, minds and hearts to the external struggles and internal turmoil that women of color grapple with daily.

couple intimacy

Revelations in Closeness

Professor Linda Roberts of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and co-contributor to the intimacy model “Deep Intimate Connection: Self and Intimacy in Couple Relationships,” explains the complexities of connection while identifying three main components of deep intimacy.

Make Your Mark

The job market requires a certain personal flair and tenacity these days, but there is a way to make your mark visible and appealing while staying true to your personal brand, according to founder of Ellen Coaching, Ellen Bartkowiak.

Gritty, Maybe, But Also Real

Takeyla Benton is on a mission. This mother of two and bank branch manager spends her spare time promoting a love of reading and writing throughout the community.

Introducing The Celebration Society

Planning an event can be stressful—The Celebration Society is here to help. Our brand mission is to connect you with the best event professionals in the area.

Bridal Bonanza

Our March bridal fashion shoot was a “crossover” project between two stellar Nei Turner Media Group publications—BRAVA and The Celebration Society—thanks to staffers and Dena Frisch, Kristina Ljujic and Rachel Werner stepping in as models.

Designing a Purposeful Life

In Soyeon Shim’s keynote address at the 2018 THRIVE Conference, she will present the “5-step Stanford Design-Thinking” process that Burnette and Evans adapted and critically apply to career building and problem solving—both inherent to crafting a successful and fulfilling life.

Spring Forward

In need of a mini-break to wipe any lingering winter blue’s away? Consider pausing for a pause at The Pfister Hotel. Either pre-or post-spa visit, consider spending an afternoon at this historic locale.

A Connoisseur’s Palate

Curating a wine boutique for a living definitely has its perks—like cultivating vino knowledge on par with that of a sommelier. Thus, take advantage of these expert tips when choosing which bottles to next take home.

DIY Pecan Crust

The combination of high quality ingredients and well-executed small batch production is the key to making all things at Tart delicious. And all of the goodies we make stem from tried and true, gently tweaked recipes we’ve used in our homes for ages, like this pecan crust recipe.

Embracing Minimalism

Create a more intentional life starting with your physical space. We’re here to help you embrace minimalism with these four helpful tips!

Pro Pics

As a professional stylist and photographer, I’m continuously on the hunt for the next great shot. Consider this shortlist a cheat sheet of Wisconsin locales that offer stunning angles if you’re just getting started or looking to freshen up your own portfolio.

Frostiball 2018 Recap

Over 1550 guests enjoyed a Parisian-themed gala at Frostiball 2018. Attendees danced the night away and enjoyed unique experiences throughout Overture Center for Arts.

2018 W2W Soiree Recap

BRAVA Magazine’s annual Women to Watch Soiree was a joyful success! Nearly 200 guests mingled during a night of revelry and celebration while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts at this year’s event venue The Brink Lounge.

The BRAVA Boudoir

Boudoir photography is for women (or men) who want to pose for suggestive and sensual photos to document a special time in their lives, to reaffirm romance and love between long- term partners, or, most commonly, as a gift to a future spouse.

Buttercream That’s To “Di” For

I’m not claiming this is the best buttercream recipe ever, or the technically correct way to make this classic icing. I’ve never attended culinary school or had any formal bakery training. But this is the recipe I consistently use for my cupcake business and my customers really like it!

All the Buzz

Step into Hive to discover why winter is as good of a time as any to fall in love with the outdoors. The store carries activewear lines like Nau, Lole, Patagonia, Smartwool and Krimson Klover, which accommodate a fit lifestyle packaged within a more polished look.

A Season’s Toast: To Writerly Talent

A perfect pairing, bringing wine drinkers into the mix, has risen out of Ann Garvin’s and the Tall Poppies’ efforts – the Books & Bottles companions box.


Meet our February issue’s cover model – Yuliya Slesareva. Yuliya is an IT Engineering Consultant & Mixed Media Artist whose fashion style is inspired by her travels.


What gives these three Madison Soap Company lip tints their color? Mica. Mica is a naturally occurring pigment found in rock.


Joanna (Jo) Um and Joyce Cullen, owners of Saints Madison Juice Company, are squeezing fruits and veggies to help others optimize their health.

No-stress SuperBowl Party Tips

Hosting a Super Bowl party this weekend? Entertain like a pro thanks to these helpful hints from Camp Trippalindee’s head chef Shanna Pacifico.

Madison Kids Expo

Join the BRAVA gals at Madison Kids Expo, March 3 & 4! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit madisonkidsexpo.com


State Rep. Melissa Sargent says she’s “building a Wisconsin that matches what our dreams are for the future of the state.” The Madison Democrat says her passion for championing equality is inspired by her children and her community.


When your baby has colic, any new mom can find it hard to keep up with politics. But struggling was new territory for Emily Kuhn, who has a master’s degree in public policy.


Alyssa Kenney, executive director of DANEnet, reminds us that 14,000 homes in Dane County don’t have access to the Internet as of 2017. Many don’t have computers. She vows to get 1,000 computers out into the community and connect 1,000 households to the Internet by the end of 2018.


“I’m all about supporting kids in healthcare initiatives,” exclaims Meriter Foundation senior development director and BugaBees creator Amy Recob. “Because it’s hard to see children struggle, especially knowing when they have the right support, they learn to be self-reliant…”


Growing up in Walworth County, labeled with Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder and cerebral palsy, Nicki Vander Meulen was a disability advocate by age 7, fighting for her right to attend the local public school.


Stylist’s POV

BRAVA stylist Shanna Wolf reveals the type of boutique that captivates her eye—and heart.


Madison police officer Emily Samson is redefining Neighborhood Watch with the Good Neighbor Project. Samson began flipping the Neighborhood Watch model when she realized some in the community found it over-vigilant and didn’t agree with its guidelines.


Fighting uphill political and corporate battles is just another day at the office for Kara O’Connor. The Wisconsin Farmers Union Government Relations Director has been grappling with the shifting dynamics affecting modern agriculture throughout her eight-year tenure.

Upcoming BRAVA Night Out Events

BRAVA Magazine invites you to join us for our monthly Brava Night Out events at local businesses! View details and registration information for our upcoming Brava Night Out events here.


Amy Olejniczak, Associate Director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health and director of the Alliance’s PATCH program, has been raising teen voices and promoting health advocacy since 2010.

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