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…

Madison Women’s Expo

Saturday & Sunday, November 18-19, 2017 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily Alliant Energy Center Please check MadisonWomensExpo.com for more information.

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…

Dwell

CITY PRETTY

The front garden of Mendota Lake House Bed & Breakfast is a riot of color in summer, as thousands of blooms thrust forth in fragrant bunches.

office furniture

OFFICE MATES

No dozing off in front of your device with this office ensemble. It’s bright, fun and functional from ceiling to floor!

FARM FRESH TABLE WARE

Sea-blue runners and Delft-esque plates are the perfect summery table setting for the gifts from your garden.

Eats + Drinks

FARM FRESH

Trellised vines and little lambs appear on the horizon on a stroll at Campo di Bella—a family-owned and operated farm and winery in Mount Horeb.

SPICE IT UP

Shop at these specialty Madison markets to give your pantry some international flair with some new ingredients, soon to be kitchen staples.

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.

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

GREAT PLACES FOR WOMEN TO WORK

Recently, the BRAVA team posed a thought-provoking question: “what makes a company a great place to work?” We found our answers.

THE ART OF DREAM CATCHING

Megan Watt and her business, Dream Catalyst Labs, offers speaking, training and coaching services for business, nonprofit, and education clients.

Health + Wellbeing

ladder, mentorship

LADDERS TO SUCCESS

Mentorship can provide valuable opportunities to learn, grow and cultivate talent in the workforce via the guidance of a more experienced colleague.

INTO THE WOODS

Never before have humans lived so separate from nature. It’s considered so much of an epidemic that psychologists have a term for it: Nature Deficit Disorder.

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.

Jaunt

IN THE SUMMER TIME

Fair weather travel ideas for a fine Wisconsin summer – pedal, paddle or pedi your way to a great summer day.

URBAN NATURE

Let’s face it: We could all use a bit more nature in our lives. Of the countless natural gems scattered throughout Wisconsin, some of the best spots happen to be in Madison’s backyard.

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.

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

REPRESENT

Fly your Wisco flag high with these locally made tees—colorful and playful reminders that there’s no place like home.

EURO STYLE

Visitors stepping through the sliding glass entrance of the AC Hotel immediately detect the air’s floral notes and are bathed in natural light pouring in from each direction.

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.

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…