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.

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

JOIN BRAVA FOR THIS ACTION-ORIENTED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP SERIES Gain immediate skills and outcome strategies that will create more fulfillment, effectiveness and success in…

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…

THRIVE Conference 2018

Get Empowered, Enriched, Educated and Entrepreneurial at BRAVA’s THRIVE Conference!  Personal Enrichment and Professional Development topics will inspire women to nurture themselves, cultivate their…

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.

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