Art

EMOTIVE VERSE

“As the saying goes, you can’t swing a dead cat in this city without hitting a writer,” poet Rita Mae Reese says, chuckling. Her light drawl and candid demeanor, and a dose of Southern charm, reflect her upbringing in Charleston, West Virginia.

Ashley Robertson

AMPLIFYING WITH ART

Ashley Robertson’s work is driven by emotion, with portraits guided as much by her heart as by her hands and heavily influenced by the women in her life.

DALE KUSHNER

By Rachel Werner | Photographed by Kaia Calhoun Instinctively drawn to writers who explore the inner lives of women, Dale Kushner’s debut novel “The…

Beauty + Style + Fashion

WEDDING BLISS

Inspired by a few Madisonians’ weddings, BRAVA stylist Shanna Wolf lays out ideas from fashion to flowers to general finery for your wedding plans.

ABOUT THE MODEL

Interviewed by Helen Bush Photographed by Shanna Wolf   Full Name: Elle Azul Duncombe-Mills Age: 21 Occupations: Freelance writer, photographer and jewelry designer/maker Where…

JOY TANG

JOY TANG

By Rebecca Anderson-Brown, Kate Bast, Lisa Bauer, Shelby Deering, Elle Duncombe-Mills, Jenie Gao, Emily Leas, Marni McEntee, Candice Wagener & Rachel Werner  | Photographed…

Brava Events

THRIVE Luncheon Series | 2017

Inspiring keynote speakers focus on personal enrichment topics that encourage you to live your life with intention – and THRIVE. Sheraton Madison Hotel |…

THRIVE Career Workshops | 2017

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…

THRIVE Conference | 2017

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…

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NICK BUTLER

By Kate Bast Nick Butler is an unassuming fellow, the friendly kind of guy you’d like to play a game of ball with, then…

Dwell

PEACE & QUIET

Nestled amid wide-open spaces and sweeping fields lies a slice of paradise, less than 40 minutes from downtown Madison – Still Point Country Retreat.

Avid Gardener

RURAL SPLENDOR

Living off the land is paramount to Christianne Laing, owner of The Avid Gardener. Her 3-acre farm offers wide open space and fresh air.

A CONSTANT STATE OF REBIRTH

Blink and you might miss the low-slung angles of Taliesin, the estate of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, outside of Spring Green.

Eats + Drinks

Calliope Ice Cream

FANCIFUL SCOOPS

Calliope Ice Cream founder Staci Fritz is taking palates to unexpected places with her creative and innovative flavors using top-notch ingredients.

FRENCH QUARTERS

BRAVA scopes out the new french cafe La Kitchenette, a modern reboot of its predecessor Chez Nanou at the same Willy Street locale in Madison.

OREGON’S WHIMSICAL REVIVAL

Preserve memorable moments, sip seasonal lattes, and bowl the night away in nearby Oregon. We’ve got the hot spots to visit on your trip.

Engaging Community

Sagashus Levingston

Sagashus Levingston

By Rebecca Anderson-Brown, Kate Bast, Lisa Bauer, Shelby Deering, Elle Duncombe-Mills, Jenie Gao, Emily Leas, Marni McEntee, Candice Wagener & Rachel Werner  | Photographed…

MARTA HANSEN

MARTA HANSEN

By Rebecca Anderson-Brown, Kate Bast, Lisa Bauer, Shelby Deering, Elle Duncombe-Mills, Jenie Gao, Emily Leas, Marni McEntee, Candice Wagener & Rachel Werner  | Photographed…

Features

DIY HOLIDAY

By Rachel Werner | Photographed by Sunny Frantz Sentiment complements style in local maker spaces and workshops where you can find your muse and…

HUMAN KIND

By Shelby Deering | Photographed by Hillary Schave and Lisa Wilcox Kindness. Compassion. The giving of our time, our money and ourselves. We live…

THE BRAVA INSIDER

On the very day BRAVA Magazine’s October edition was on the press, then-Lands’ End CEO Federica Marchionni resigned from her post. Our profile of…

Finance + Career

Hundreds THRIVE at BRAVA’s annual conference

BRAVA’s second annual THRIVE Conference was a sold-out success, offering over 250 attendees 12 workshop offerings and a keynote morning speech by noted UW Health psychologist Shilagh Mirgain.

CAPTIVATE WITH CONFIDENCE

Vocal instructor Veronica Rueckert, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s news magazine “Central Time,” shares these top tips for projecting confidence.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

The new book “Infamous Mothers” celebrates strong women who have triumphed—and now thrive, with impact—not despite, but because of their challenging pasts.

Health + Wellbeing

DISCOVER AGRACE’S SERVICES

Helping a loved one face a serious illness is never easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you need someone to guide you, ask for Agrace.

CANCER SURVIVORS & THRIVERS ICE CREAM SOCIAL

A party like no other, Turville Bay invites the community to join cancer survivors, those living with cancer, their families, friends and caregivers as well as healthcare providers, at their 7th Annual Cancer Survivors & Thrivers Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 4 from 1-3 PM.

OPIOID ADDICTION

The steep rise in opioid addiction and overdoses in Wisconsin and around the country makes prevention and effective treatment ever more critical.

Jaunt

AN AIR AND A FLAIR

If you haven’t been to Janesville or Beloit in a while, it’s time to get off the Interstate and explore. A spirit of renewal flows through both communities, which embrace the Rock River, their downtowns, green spaces, parks, paths and scenic views hugging its shores.

PARISIAN VOYAGE

Tour France through a true foodie’s eyes—and palate—by joining an “Experience in Paris” trip. Two Madison-area women will show you the way.

Local Women

LOCAL WOMEN GLOBAL IMPACT

Meet five local visionaries, inspirations and advocates who are making a global difference and weaving connections between Madison and the world.

ABOUT THE MODEL

Interviewed by Helen Bush Photographed by Shanna Wolf   Full Name: Elle Azul Duncombe-Mills Age: 21 Occupations: Freelance writer, photographer and jewelry designer/maker Where…

NIGHT SHADES

By Marni McEntee The latest research on getting a good night’s sleep often comes with the recommendation to limit light in the bedroom, from…

Shops + Services

Brown & Beam

DECKED OUT

Tucked away in a business park on the west side of Middleton, Brown & Beam is a multifaceted shop for anyone looking to spruce up their living space.

HEADED TO MADISON

Mary Morgan, owner and president of Reading Group Choices, shares her current five favorite books whose authors have appeared or will make a visit to 702WI this year.

rockabetty's salon

VINTAGE GLAM

Classic beauty meets mod trends at Rockabetty’s Salon and Spa. Its retro décor is a fitting complement to the eclectic South Park Street’s lower strip.

Sponsored Content

DISCOVER AGRACE’S SERVICES

Helping a loved one face a serious illness is never easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you need someone to guide you, ask for Agrace.

CANCER SURVIVORS & THRIVERS ICE CREAM SOCIAL

A party like no other, Turville Bay invites the community to join cancer survivors, those living with cancer, their families, friends and caregivers as well as healthcare providers, at their 7th Annual Cancer Survivors & Thrivers Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 4 from 1-3 PM.

CONVERSATIONS WITH AGING PARENTS

It’s sometimes hard to grasp the fact that as we age, so do the ones who have cared for us our entire lives. At what point do the caregivers become the ones needing care?

Web Exclusive

BE A TRAIL BLAZER

By Elle Duncombe-Mills and Caroline Szachnowski | Photos courtesy Travel Wisconsin Looking to hit the cross-country ski trails this winter? Wisconsin’s got a wealth…

UNVEILING OUR AUTHENTIC SELVES

By Elle Duncombe-Mills | Photographed by Josh Mallett Every gal knows the feeling: Even when that exceptionally uncomfortable pair of underwear bunches, pinches and…

WARM HEARTS, WARM HANDS

By Caroline Szachnowski | Photographed by Elle Duncombe-Mills When Janet Tupy founded ReMitts, she could only hope that turning old sweaters into mittens would…