Art

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…

Kelly Harms

KELLY HARMS

By Rachel Werner | Photographed by Kaia Calhoun Penning the types of books she likes to read, Kelly Harms nails the North Woods’ romantic…

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…

Brava Promotion

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…

2015 Raves + Faves Voting

WHO*WHAT*WHERE ROCKS IT—AND HOW? COMPLETE THE BALLOT (click image below) by July 31, 2015, and you’ll be entered to win tickets to BRAVA events!

Dwell

wooden furniture

SLICK STICKS

Old-fashioned craftsmanship is hard to beat, and sometimes hard to find. Luckily, the Madison area has several local furniture artisans.

glass

CLASSY GLASS

A light-filled pane can be a great frame for some art glass, and there are tons of styles to fit every taste. Explore these local options now.

REPURPOSED PORCHES

See how organizer extraordinaire Tricia Nowicki used her own front porch as a guinea pig of sorts, jazzing up the narrow space with some seasonal décor.

Eats + Drinks

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.

SALUD!

These locales are worth a happy hour visit any day of the week, serving up affordable and inventive spreads, a welcoming vibe and a good cocktail, or two.

La Taguara

A GASTRONOMIC EXPEDITION

By Sujhey Beisser | Photographed by Sunny Frantz Embark on a culinary jaunt to La Taguara’s second restaurant on East Johnson Street. The unexpected…

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

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.

International Crane Foundation

FROM THE SACRED TO THE SUBLIME

Just north of Madison, you can visit the International Crane Foundation and their tenacious efforts to pluck nearly a dozen bird species from extinction.

Sun Prairie shops

CREATIVE CHEMISTRY

By Elle Duncomb-Mills | Photos Courtesy of Kate & Co. and The Wire Basket Sun Prairie, a fast-growing community just northeast of Madison, is…

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

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.

Artesan Fruit company

JUICY MOLDS

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the elaborate fruit sculptures made by Artesan Fruit company are worth a million.

BULK BOTANICALS

By Rachel Werner | Photographed by Kaia Calhoun Green living is more than a fad for Plant Based Goods owners Anna Beck (right) and…

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…