Art

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.

A FRESH TAKE ON OPERA

Thanks to Melanie Cain, her husband Frank and their company Fresco Opera Theatre, perceptions of what opera is—and whom it’s meant for—are changing.

CHILDREN’S DELIGHT

Children’s Theater of Madison Erica Berman helps to ensure both families and organizations alike can experience the talent, passion, and cultural differences within the local arts scene.

Beauty + Style + Fashion

MAKE A STATEMENT

Rebelistas rouse! Adorn yourself in contrasting accents! Embrace fall’s coolness by draping a smart trench over sleek, cigarette jeans, and its heat, with a fierce crimson clutch.

ABOUT THE MODELS

BRAVA Magazine sat down with our two fall fashionistas, Brittany Kraemer and Holly Meyers, for a quick “About the Models” interview.

Brava Events

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…

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

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.

BEEF UP YOUR BASEMENT

Interior designer Allison Mercier had her work cut out for her when she took on transforming an underused basement into a bright, upscale and fun space.

Eats + Drinks

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.

TRAIPSING VINES

Skirting the lush ridges of Madison’s outer borders, two wineries recently opened expansive spaces—signaling Wisco palates are clamoring for an elevated drinking experience.

LIQUID LIBRARY

Yahara Bay Distillery outgrew its original Fitchburg facility in record time, thanks to cranking out over 25 private-label spirits a year, in addition to housing the expansive packaging and storage operation of Vom Fass U.S.A.

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

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.

BRINGING SOMETHING MORE TO THE POLICE FORCE

Alex Nieves Reyes was 14 when her mom brought Reyes and her three siblings from Puerto Rico to New York City. Times weren’t easy and the family ended up on the streets, and then in a shelter.

Health + Wellbeing

STORIES AND STRIDES

Alzheimer’s kills more people than breast and prostrate cancer combined. In Wisconsin, the disease took 2,085 lives in 2016.

TOWARD VALUE AND WELLBEING IN LIFE

Jen Rudis understands that life can be a roller coaster. After losing 125 pounds a few years ago, she was inspired to leave her corporate human resources and finance career.

COLLEEN HAYES

Most would be hard-pressed to find a positive spin in a breast cancer diagnosis, but Colleen Hayes, who was diagnosed this past spring, regularly thinks about how lucky she is.

Jaunt

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.

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. 

GOOD EATS AND ANTIQUES

Simple, small-town charm is what you’ll encounter on a sunny day in Lake Mills, although don’t let the laid-back atmosphere fool you—there’s plenty to do.

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

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.

HOP TO SHOP AT THIS BOUTIQUE ON WHEELS

A sleek and chic boutique on wheels, Grasshopper Goods offers an ever-changing selection of gifts, housewares, clothing and jewelry—all with a truck-sized twist.

Sponsored Content

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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

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.

GOOD EATS AND ANTIQUES

Simple, small-town charm is what you’ll encounter on a sunny day in Lake Mills, although don’t let the laid-back atmosphere fool you—there’s plenty to do.