Art

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…

Erin Celello

ERIN CELELLO

By Rachel Werner | Photographed by Kaia Calhoun A thought-provoking combination of self-reflection and social commentary, Erin Celello’s second novel “Learning to Stay,” about…

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

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.

REMODELING 101

By Marni McEntee | Styled and Photographed by Shanna Wolf Sprucing up your home,  even if you’re planning to sell, doesn’t have to be…

bath

SPLISH SPLASH

By Marni McEntee | Photographed by Shanna Wolf March in Wisconsin is a bit of a shoulder season. It’s often still too chilly to…

Eats + Drinks

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…

Kin-Kin Coffee

POTENT BEANS

By Anna Thomas Bates | Photographed by Sunny Frantz Gwen and Kyle Johnson have a full plate and a brimming cup of coffee. And…

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

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.

A CAREER REIMAGINED

Read on for deep-in-your-soul insights and inspiring stories of local women to help you finally discover your true career calling.

PRODUCTIVITY IS POSSIBLE

By Meg Rothstein   Katie Belanger, a nationally respected productivity guru, holds a formidable record of leadership and achievement. Belanger has served in numerous…

Health + Wellbeing

CULTIVATING RESILIENCE

Resilience allows us to stay strong and in balance in the face of life’s challenges. It’s something we can all cultivate, this capacity to bounce back.

ROCK SOLID

Ascending to the top takes more than grit at Boulders Climbing Gym. For 20 years, Boulders has been a rigorous training ground for climbers of all levels.

PET PARTNERS FOR HEALTH

Dogs on Call is an organization where volunteer owners and their pets provide activities and therapy to a variety of groups, with heartwarming results.

Jaunt

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…

FALL IN LOVE

By Helen Bush Looking for a little romance this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Madison’s lush B&Bs and hotels, where a night or…

Waunakee

DAY TRIPPING

By Elle Duncombe-Mills Waunakee, just north of Madison, has a new and evolving sparkle. With its tight-knit community, great schools and close proximity to…

Local Women

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…

POSH SWAG

By Rachel Werner If Kate Spade ear buds, organic hard candy and a deck of wine cards sound like a lovely combo on a…

Shops + Services

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…

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…

FALL IN LOVE

By Helen Bush Looking for a little romance this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Madison’s lush B&Bs and hotels, where a night or…

Sponsored Content

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?

Cancer Survivors & Thrivers Social

Cancer Survivors & Thrivers Social

Experiencing cancer changes you forever.  As strides are being made in the fight against the disease, Turville Bay takes time once a year with…

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…