Art

Rebecca Brown at Work and Play

Rebecca Brown, whose novel “Flying at Night” was published in April, finds untold inspiration in everyday life. She lives with her husband, three boys (ages 16, 12 and 10), and two rescue dogs in her renovated 100-year-old home on Monroe Street.

Bold Strokes

Using her hands to create was originally a passion rather than a profession for artist Stephenie Purl Hamen. After working in the craft world, then in education and marketing sectors for numerous years, she resigned from her most recent stint at Aldo Leopold Nature Center in 2016 to be a full-time artist.

A Season’s Toast: To Writerly Talent

A perfect pairing, bringing wine drinkers into the mix, has risen out of Ann Garvin’s and the Tall Poppies’ efforts – the Books & Bottles companions box.

Beauty + Style + Fashion

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.

About the Model: Jennifer DeMain

Get to know one of our May 2018 models – Jennifer DeMain. When she’s not striking a pose for BRAVA, Jennifer is a lead instructor at Cyc Fitness, a trainer at Kamps Fit and an instructor at Canvas Club Boxing. 

About the Model: Kaila Pooler

Get to know one of our May 2018 models – Kaila Pooler. When she’s not striking a pose for BRAVA, Kaila is a Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor.

Brava Events

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.

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…

BRAVA Event Recap

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

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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

Maximizing Condo Style In Your Smaller Space

Decorating a condo can be daunting, especially if you’ve just downsized from a larger home. But this homeowner has found a way to make a practical space without skimping on personality.

Shiny Happy Places: Forging A New Design

A small powder room got a bright update when interior designer Rochelle Lee and her client went with a mixed metal-inspired design. The pieces, including bronze sconce lighting and a bright gold sunburst mirror, added ample texture.

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.

Eats + Drinks

Feast of The Field

Three years ago, Troy Community Gardens, the only CSA fully grown and operated within Madison city limits, decided to launch one more service for its members and its northeast neighborhood—wood-fired pizzas.

Fill’er Up

A stop at Trixie’s Growlers to go-go on East Washington should be on the radar of any craft beer enthusiast. A liquor store since 1968, Colleen and Chris Welch opened Trixie’s about seven years ago, and the tavern room more recently.

Engaging Community

Toward Ending Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pervasive problem. In the Latino community, approximately 1 in 3 of Hispanic/Latina women have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the National Latin@ Network. 

Keeping ‘the Whole Brain’ Healthy

Opportunities for continuing education abound in the Madison area— and even a bit farther afield. And, for seniors, some of these educational offerings are free or at a lower cost. So dive in and keep your mind aflight!

Giving History a Narrative

Patricia Sutton took an early retirement from teaching but found another way to continue influencing and inspiring young kids—through her writing.

Features

Indigo Trails

Stacey Bean built Indigo Trails, which offers mindfulness retreats, wellness nights, personal coaching and yoga (in a barn!).

Angels Loving Care

After earning her master’s degree in health administration, Julie Nowak launched her own caregiving business, Angels Loving Care, in 2014, and has seen the enterprise grow like wildfire.

A Creative Ecosystem

CODAworx has been around for only five years yet has gained recognition among artists all over the world and will likely expand to serve international clients next year, says founder and CEO Toni Sikes.

Finance + Career

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.

Boss-Up Leaders

It’s time to “BOSS UP,” leaders! But first, we must learn the core essence of what leadership is—service. Leadership isn’t about being bossy or giving orders; it is about serving people. Successful leaders lead by example.

Health + Wellbeing

Straight Talk on Shingles

They say things get better with age. A fine cheddar, or perhaps an artisanal wine. The varicella zoster virus though, not so much.

What To Do After Calling It Quits

Retirement Life Coach Mary Helen Conroy says that instead of regarding retirement as the end of an era, you should view it as a new beginning.

From Sedentary to A Spring in Her Step

The serene smile on Ellen Millar’s face as she teaches her Easy Yoga Plus class gives her away. She really loves leading the group of mostly seniors in yoga.

Jaunt

When Home Is Where You Park It

Today more than ever, the experience of traveling the country in a RV stitches together timeless style, a generous community and the spirit of adventure.

Off The Beaten Path In Baraboo

By Megan Roessler | Photos Courtesy Josh Meyer Baraboo has an eclectic charm and a wealth of character. With scenic views and outdoor adventure,…

Pfister Hotel WELL Spa

Lapping Up The Luxury

All of the grandeur at The Pfister Hotel makes ducking into this downtown Milwaukee hotel seem more like a jaunt to Europe. This luxury includes the hotel’s lower-level Well Spa + Salon in the exact spot where Turkish-style baths were in the hotel long ago is a pampering oasis.

Local Women

Indigo Trails

Stacey Bean built Indigo Trails, which offers mindfulness retreats, wellness nights, personal coaching and yoga (in a barn!).

Angels Loving Care

After earning her master’s degree in health administration, Julie Nowak launched her own caregiving business, Angels Loving Care, in 2014, and has seen the enterprise grow like wildfire.

A Creative Ecosystem

CODAworx has been around for only five years yet has gained recognition among artists all over the world and will likely expand to serve international clients next year, says founder and CEO Toni Sikes.

Shops + Services

Fill’er Up

A stop at Trixie’s Growlers to go-go on East Washington should be on the radar of any craft beer enthusiast. A liquor store since 1968, Colleen and Chris Welch opened Trixie’s about seven years ago, and the tavern room more recently.

Canine Couture 

When it comes to accessories, why should humans have all the fun? Dogs now have backpacks to call their own thanks to Pups Who Pack by Maggie Modena. 

Blooms Cruise

Flower power isn’t a cliché to Crazy Daisy owner Michelle Hornung; it’s a daily mantra. Hornung describes the pop-up floral “bar” as a quirky side gig to her day job, but also as a creative way to funnel the professional kindness she’s been honored for into the community.

Sponsored Content

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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

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.

Vicarious Tempo

Brought to the stage by an all-female creative team, the hit Broadway musical “Waitress” begins its first run in Madison July 24-29, 2018.

A Fierce Feminine POV

Madison Gas and Electric’s GENRE2030 new marketing campaign casts local female trailblazers as the protagonists in three cinematographic shorts.