#LMG = Last Minute Gifts

The stockings are hung, the cards are mailed, but there’s likely one name remaining on this year’s list—the perfect present having yet to be found. Avoid another mad dash through the mall by gifting one of these local items available online.

What’s Cookin’?

Hip Foodie Mom Alice Choi has earned an international following by highlighting the Midwest’s edible delights.

Beauty with a Purpose

These handmade woven baskets add color to any space, and what’s even more beautiful is the story behind them.

Comfort Food Round Two

Use this simple stew recipe for a hearty and satisfying meal comprised of the tasty nibbles remaining on your holiday platters.

Boozy Brunch

Eat, drink and be merry to your heart’s content this holiday season— and preferably start the party before noon.

Breaking New Ground

Overture Center for the Arts’ new CEO Sandra Gajic brings a fresh perspective to Wisconsin’s most influential and largest arts nonprofit.

Cheese ‘N Comfort

The Great Dane recently revamped its menu to incorporate more seasonal and shareable offerings, like its cheese-curd laden version of poutine—a classic Canadian dish with a Wisco twist.

D Is for Downsize

Professional organizer Nicole Gruter says that the key to turning your personal space into a positive space is to organize, de-clutter and most importantly, downsize.

Homebaked Holiday

Try these five tips from To Di For Baking on how to bake holiday cookies and treats with less mess—and stress!

Touchable Textures

Just as tempting smells invite your guests in, so too can warm fall design features and textures, such as the soft richness of velvet and leather.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Many parents worry about their kids having too much screen time. Some are even concerned their children are developing obsessive behaviors regarding their smartphones or Internet enabled devices, but few know what to do about it.

Life Lessons

We asked three local women to share their life lessons, often learned through their own personal crucible.

Light Up Your Holidays

Holiday lights are the perfect thing to brighten winter spirits. Decked-out fire trucks parade through streets, Santa waves hello and trees are lit.


The annual BRAVA Raves & Faves is a gal’s guide to Madison’s best locally-owned businesses. Curated by BRAVA readers, for BRAVA readers.

BRAVA Event Recap

View photos and details from our past BRAVA events, such as the BRAVA Night Out events, our expos, and more.

Living Words

Like the phrase “My life is an open book,” Real Life Library is a library in real life. The “books” are the storytellers and their “readers” are the interactive participants.

Stories That Need to Be Told

This November, Marie Justice will direct “Infamous Mothers,” a play based on the powerful book by Madison social entrepreneur and educator Sagashus Levingston.

Empowering Democracy

In 2020 we will celebrate 100 years since the women’s suffrage movement, which led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. After the vote was secured, the suffrage movement turned into the League of Women Voters.

Shiny and Bright

Metal roofs come in shingle or standing seam options and are available in an array of colors. You can even get the look of copper at a fraction of the price.

Sprouting Unity

What began as a botanical exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art has flourished into the Civic Exchange Society, a collaborative artistic venture between key entities based in Dane County.

Fun on a Stick

A little of this, a glob of that…Get ready to make one of most trending sweet treats! And for those that don’t like following exact measurements, you are going to LOVE this recipe.

Building From Within

Creating a self-sustaining model for black business owners is the goal for Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment (MABEE) founder Eric Upchurch II.

Hear, See, Do

Each of us learns and understands the world around us in different ways, according to Vida Groman, a Madison counselor and expert in Perceptual Thinking Patterns, a model developed by educational psychologist Dawna Markova.

THRIVE Career Workshops | 2019

THRIVE Career Workshops | 2019

Join BRAVA for this action-oriented professional development workshop series in 2019. Gain immediate skills and outcome strategies that will create more fulfillment, effectiveness and success in your career–and your life.

Inclusive Breast Cancer Treatment

The minute after a breast cancer diagnosis, “normal” doesn’t exist. In the midst of swirling emotions, women have to make quick decisions with long-lasting implications.

Teller of Tales

Throughout her life, Jen Rubin was greatly influenced by close family and friends for all their community building in whatever form—including storytelling.

Feminine Muses

Madison aims to turn the controversial history that is women in theater on its head, as these fabulously feminist playhouses make room for a new kind of female lead.

Spice It Up

As the days grow shorter and the air turns delightfully crisp, Wisconsinites gear up for a festive fall season.

Musical Mentoring

Artists and arts consumers alike are drawn to Madison to live, work and play. Among the list of worldclass performers to find her foothold here is Gail Becker.

Real-Life Reels

When Carrie Highman is behind the lens—or in the director’s chair—she sets about crafting a visual portal into the lives of others.

Party Puffs

It may have been Sugarsmith Madison creator Jo Mahnke’s destiny to launch a vintage-themed cotton candy cart business.

Meet 2018 Fall Fashion Model

Meet our October fashion model, Jeanne Pluemer, a meeting, convention and event management professional. She was delighted to model clothing from designers who have embraced the fuller figure.

Bigger, Brighter, Better

Catering to women in every shape and size is officially en vogue as mainstream labels along with couture designers took a BIG fashion step forward by recently expanding their lines to include “plus” cut garments.

Vino Voyage

Whether you’re in the mood for a cherry wine or a dark Zinfandel, Door County has it, and it’s easy to choose your own winery adventure.

Process Makes Perfect

No artist plays “second fiddle“ within First Act Theatre. Founder Susan Nanning-Sorenson’s intent behind starting the org was firmly rooted in a desire to provide a comprehensive view for children of the theatrical arts.

Vibrant Tile for a Powerful Powder Room

Longing to give your kitchen or bathroom a face-lift? Several chic tile trends have surfaced this year, featuring bright, contemporary colors and bold patterns.

Selling Magic

When her kindergarten teacher asked the class what they wanted to be when they grew up, Jane Wilcoxson had a ready answer: she wanted to be an artist.

Where Fashion Meets Philanthropy

Each year the Attic Angels Association organizes a Classic Clothing Sale, featuring an assortment of new and gently used clothing and accessories, with all of the funds raised going toward a worthy cause.

Everybody Has It In Them

Written by Andrea Debbink and illustrated by Emily Balsley, “Spark” emphasizes the importance of creativity as a skill that can be learned and developed, rather than a talent innate to some and not others.

Filling a Need…and a Backpack

Sistah 2 Sistah has created events to support single mother families—a PreMother’s Day Brunch, SPIRIT Group, Dinner with Soul Santa and the Back 2 Skool Bash.

Intentional Living

Sometimes it can feel like your life is living you instead of the other way around. Maybe there’s too much to do and no time to pause and consider what you actually want to do. But, there’s a way out of this vicious cycle.

Empowering Mothers and Saving Babies

Today, local doulas, along with physicians, medical professionals and community advocates—many of whom are African-American women—are part of an emerging grassroots movement in Madison to turn the black infant mortality rate around.

Community Creativity

Hoping to ignite the creative energy of young readers and artists, American Girl editor—now author—Andrea Debbink and illustrator Emily Balsley collaborated on “SPARK!”.

To Give And To Receive

At 18, Anne Otter learned that she was going blind because of kerotoconus, a progressive eye disease in which the cornea begins to bulge into a cone-like shape.

Get The Scoop

If you’re looking for a special way to spend some quality time with your little tykes before they head back to school, consider these fun, low-cost family outings.

Shop ‘N Swap

Madison Night Market is one of several pop ups around town. Such markets are becoming increasingly popular for the unique shopping experience they provide.

Culinary Mementos

What began as “just a hobby” completely exploded within a year to over 4,000 Instagram followers for Epicurean Chronicles and a Madison foodie sensation.

Stress Less

How do successful female entrepreneurs handle the entrepreneurial stress? First and foremost: get help.

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