Art

Beyond The Surface

Typifying the millennial side-hustle, Madison artist Selia Salzsieder explores body politics in her art while working as a preschool teacher.

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.

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.

Beauty + Style + Fashion

Laquerus’ Bold Beauty Concept

A little primp and polish never hurt nobody. But Laquerus owners Jennifer Lane and Priyanka Verma are pushing the envelope on nail care.

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.

Sassy Locks in the Later Years

Being 50+ doesn’t mean one’s sense of style has to fade. Be Inspired Salon lead stylist Jes Marvin encourages women to not let age hold them back from dramatically altering their hair.

Brava Events

BRAVA Event Recap

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

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.

Upcoming BRAVA Night Out Events

BRAVA Magazine invites you to join us for our monthly Brava Night Out events at local businesses! View details and registration information for our upcoming Brava Night Out events here.

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New Year, New You…or Not So Much?

Although we’re only a few weeks into the new year, you may have already kicked any new year’s resolutions to the curb. And some of our 2019 THRIVE series speakers are no different.

RAVES & FAVES 2018

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

Dwell

No Need To Get Cold Feet

Floors heated with electric wire or circulating warm water have so much to offer homeowners, especially during cold Wisconsin winters.

Hidden Wonders

We’ve come a long way, baby. Today’s storage spaces are so much more efficient and eye pleasing than they once were.

Siri-ously Smart

From refrigerators that let you see inside without opening the door to video doorbells that show you who’s on the stoop, these smart home appliances capitalize on energy saving and home security.

Eats + Drinks

Dine For Dollars

Foodie brand Epicurean Chronicles is raising funds through its EC Gives Back Program for Little John’s, a new “pay what you can” counter-service bistro piloted by Chef Dave Heide.

What’s Cookin’?

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

Boozy Brunch

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

Engaging Community

So You Want To Be A Writer?

Laurie Scheer, a faculty associate at UW–Madison Continuing Studies and director of the UW Writers’ Institute, mentors non-fiction writers, something she knows well.

Facing Adversity with Aplomb

With everything from the landscape to community dynamic changing, the Center for Resilient Cities has taken on the task of making sure we as a community are creating sustainable and thriving neighborhoods. 

Features

Event Planning with Panache

BRAVA talked to a couple of Madison’s event coordinators to find out their best party planning tips and tricks to help make the most of life’s special moments.

Velvet Revolution

Originally loomed from pure silk and renowned as the fabric of the wealthy during Medieval and Renaissance times, velvet remains a staple of classy couture.

Finance + Career

In The Hole

‘Tis the season to rack up credit card debt. With a mortgage, car payments and student loans stacking up, extra holiday spending can tip personal debt over the edge of sustainability.

Turning a Vocation into a Career

Successfully turning your talent into a prosperous career can be tricky. Salon owner Kati Whitledge shares the story of her own professional progression.

Teen Money Talks

Teens aren’t known for always making the best choices. When money is involved, “It’s good to do that in a safety net,” says Amy Crowe, a financial education specialist at Summit Credit Union.

Health + Wellbeing

Cannabis Cure-All?

As the push to legalize medical marijuana continues, CBD is taking center stage as a popular new remedy for a wide range of ailments.

Insta-Purge

Instead of making the annual pact to actually make use of your gym membership, why not challenge yourself to something even more difficult this year? Wean yourself from social media.

Figuring Out Fats

There are two main types of fats: saturated and unsaturated. Natural sources of healthy fats include foods like olives, walnuts, flaxseed and grassfed meats.

Jaunt

Fat Tires, Big Fun

Inspired by mountain biking, fat tire bikes allows the rider to “float” over rocks and roots with ease, enthusiasts say.

No Mountain? No Problem!

For steep slopes and stylish retreats right in your backyard, be sure to check out these Wisconsin ski spots this winter.

A Walk in the Woods

Snowshoeing keeps you active in winter, gets you outside, and best of all, you can snowshoe just about anywhere you can walk, making the possibilities endless.

Local Women

Beyond The Surface

Typifying the millennial side-hustle, Madison artist Selia Salzsieder explores body politics in her art while working as a preschool teacher.

So You Want To Be A Writer?

Laurie Scheer, a faculty associate at UW–Madison Continuing Studies and director of the UW Writers’ Institute, mentors non-fiction writers, something she knows well.

Shops + Services

Crunchy Marvel

Much like the invention of chocolate chip cookies and popsicles, Nutkrack’s creation was a happy accident.

Beauty with a Purpose

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

Sponsored Content

THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE YET

On October 15th, Design for a Difference made history by completing the largest charity design makeover in the country!

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.

Web Exclusive

Meet the Models

Our fabulous February 2019 models dish on all things wedding and fashion (and their sweet tooths)!

Good Food For All

Slow Food UW is a student run organization serving healthy meals for only $5 on Monday evenings during the fall and spring semesters.