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CHLOE BENJAMIN’S MADISON FAVORITES

Chloe Benjamin appreciates her “Madison favorites” because they allow her to work hard—and play hard, too. Read all about her favorites now.

SIBLINGS SIREN SONG

Novelist and Madison resident Chloe Benjamin is elated to ring in the new year. When January begins, her second book, “The Immortalists,” will be published.

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.

Beauty + Style + Fashion

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Stylist’s POV

BRAVA stylist Shanna Wolf reveals the type of boutique that captivates her eye—and heart.

WINTER SKIN WELLNESS

Winter tends to wear on our skin but local soap and emollient makers have created some solutions. Lindsay Snow, “master soaper” at Craft Brewed Suds in Madison, recommends a combination of handmade soap and lotion bars to keep your skin hydrated.

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…

Women to Watch Soiree

Join BRAVA Magazine at the Women to Watch Soiree! The event celebrates the 2018 Women to Watch honorees featured in the January issue of…

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

WINTER NUZZLE

Make your own deliciously rich and thick hot chocolate with this recipe from Megan Hile, owner of Madison Chocolate Company.

SUGAR BABES

By Rachel Werner As holiday festivities crop up on the calendar, a good place to start shopping for treats for a holiday meal or…

MORNING MOJO

Brunch hits the spot any day of the week at Porter. Tucked inside the revamped train depot off West Washington Avenue, the chic coffee shop’s morning fixins’ are hearty.

Engaging Community

EMILY SAMSON: HELPING NEIGHBORS UNITE

Madison police officer Emily Samson is redefining Neighborhood Watch with the Good Neighbor Project. Samson began flipping the Neighborhood Watch model when she realized some in the community found it over-vigilant and didn’t agree with its guidelines.

AMY OLEJNICZAK: RAISING TEEN VOICES

Amy Olejniczak, Associate Director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health and director of the Alliance’s PATCH program, has been raising teen voices and promoting health advocacy since 2010.

Features

KARA O’CONNOR: PLANTING SEEDS ON CAPITOL HILL

Fighting uphill political and corporate battles is just another day at the office for Kara O’Connor. The Wisconsin Farmers Union Government Relations Director has been grappling with the shifting dynamics affecting modern agriculture throughout her eight-year tenure.

Finance + Career

PURPOSE BEFORE PROFIT

Every day, more companies put empathy first. These Madison businesses have joined the movement to reach beyond the bottom line in their community.

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.

Health + Wellbeing

BINGE DRINKING HELP

By Rae Sanders Wisconsin ranked third in the nation for binge drinking in 2016, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health. That’s especially problematic…

THE HYGGE LIFE, WISCONSIN STYLE

What is Denmark’s secret to surviving dark days and coming out happy on the other side? The answer lies in the winter-embracing Danish art of hygge.

THE ART OF FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is often misunderstood. Forgiveness is not excusing, justifying or forgetting the wrongdoing.

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. 

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.

WREATHS FOR RELIEF

Renee and Seth Spicer started Floret and Pine so they could create 100 percent biodegradable winter wreaths. Floret and Pine weaves holiday joy with…

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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.

Web Exclusive

DESIGN FOR A DIFFERENCE

The United States’ largest charity design makeover took place right here in Madison this fall. Design for a Difference—Madison, a three-year-old nonprofit project sponsored…

CHLOE BENJAMIN’S MADISON FAVORITES

Chloe Benjamin appreciates her “Madison favorites” because they allow her to work hard—and play hard, too. Read all about her favorites now.

BINGE DRINKING HELP

By Rae Sanders Wisconsin ranked third in the nation for binge drinking in 2016, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health. That’s especially problematic…