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.

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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.

FRUGAL & FASHIONABLE

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.

THE INSIDE TRACK

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

GET JUICED

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

MELISSA SARGENT: FIGHTING FORWARD

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.

EMILY KUHN: GETTING INFO OUT TO VOTERS

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: DIALING UP DIGITAL EQUITY

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.

AMY RECOB: PUTTING KIDS’ HEALTH FIRST

“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…”

NICKI VANDER MEULEN: ADVOCATING FOR THE DISABLED

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.

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Stylist’s POV

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

EMILY SAMSON: HELPING NEIGHBORS UNITE

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.

KARA O’CONNOR: PLANTING SEEDS ON CAPITOL HILL

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.

AMY OLEJNICZAK: RAISING TEEN VOICES

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.

DESIGN FOR A DIFFERENCE

The United States’ largest charity design makeover took place right here in Madison this fall. Design for a Difference—Madison, a three-year-old nonprofit project sponsored…

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…

WINTER NUZZLE

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.

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