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Beauty Bash

July 22, 2013

Stop by the Ultimate Spa Salon for some glitz, glam and beauty advice Aug. 6. The BOTOX and Bling open house will feature BOTOX demonstrations from AestheticA Skin Health Center, free chair massages and discounts on lia sophia jewelry and Ultimate Spa Salon products. See you there!


In the Shade

May 2, 2013

ImageThis month at BRAVA we’re gearing up for warmer weather by slipping on some cool shades. In our May issue  you’ll find a quick guide to finding the perfect pair of sunglasses for every face shape. Here, we’re showcasing a few more fabulous finds we couldn’t keep our eyes off of while scouting glasses around town. Though neutral toned, these beauties are sure to get noticed and add a pop of interest to paired-down summer ensembles. Grab your perfect pair and strut your way into summer!

(Clockwise from top left) Sunglasses by Toms, $150; Shoo, 109 State St., Madison; (608) 467-6325. Sunglasses by Chanel, $660, Ulla Eyewear, Hilldale; (608) 231-3937 or Brown Wayfarer sunglasses by Maui Jim, $200; Ulla Eyewear, Hilldale; (608) 231-3937 or Taupe sunglasses by A.J. Morgan, $12; Little Luxuries, 230 State St., Madison; Aviators by Salt, $420, Ulla Eyewear, Hilldale; (608) 231-3937 or



Fair Trade Clothing Meets Local Designer Fashion

May 2, 2013


Birds are chirping, blooms are budding, and the last patches of snow are finally melting away. Spring is definitely in the air. And most likely, your wardrobe could use some freshening up after a long, drab winter. What better way to get inspired by spring style than at Change Boutique‘s Fair Trade Designer Showcase.

Head to Willy St.’s Change Boutique on Friday, May 3 from 7-9 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind Design Showcase. Change Boutique teamed up with Chicago-based fair trade company Fair Earth and the UW-Madison Textile and Apparel Design Studies Department to create an ethically produced clothing line. Friday night’s event will exhibit this clothing line designed by local students, handcrafted by artisans in East Africa and sold exclusively at Change Boutique. Come and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while browsing the latest in fair trade fashion.

Change Boutique is located at 1252 Williamson St., Madison; (608) 237-2707.

Gear (and Garb) Up for Summer!

April 25, 2013


Time to rid your closet of heavy coats and bulky sweaters and shift wardrobe gears to summer style. For the newest trends of the warm weather season’s fashion, check out Bop on Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Presented by College Fashionista, this night of stylish fun includes discounted items, great prizes and fabulous giveaways. Wisconsin Style Gurus curate a show full of fresh, airy wardrobe essentials. Stop by for a little shopping and some summer style inspiration.

Bop is located at 222 W. Gorham St., Madison; (608) 255-2570

Pampering With Purpose

April 18, 2013


Pitching in on Earth Day has never been simpler (or more relaxing)! Head to Rejuvenation Spa Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 in celebration of Earth Day 2013. Along with Aveda salons and spas around the world, Rejuvenation Spa stylists are donating their time to offer haircuts in exchange for donations to benefit Aveda’s Earth Month fundraiser. Funds raised at Rejuvenation Spa on Saturday and Sunday will be donated to Alliance for Great Lakes, a foundation on a mission to restore and protect our beautiful Great Lakes.

Bacteria and viruses pose a serious health threat to the Great Lakes, with over 24 billion gallons of untreated sewage and storm water dumped into them every year. Your donation to Alliance for Great Lakes will help ensure cleaner, healthier water for people and wildlife for years to come.

Bonus March Fashion

March 28, 2013

It’s nearly April, we’d like to think that spring is around the corner (Please tell us it really is coming!) and we’ve got transition on the mind. So we’re super appreciative of wardrobe staples that pull double duty between the seasons. Thankfully, several of the must-have garments in our March fashion feature, “Closet Classics” do just that! We’ve mixed and matched some of the same items from the magazine to give you three extra outfits that show how a versatile wardrobe can be taken from fancy to casual chic.

FashionMarch2013Blog-9A Bold Blouse
A burst of color, so perfect for livening up office-wear, can also bring pizazz to your weekend ensembles. Pair a bright crew-neck top with leggings and funky flats for an attention-grabbing yet laid-back look. Blouse by Nic + Zoe, $98; Terese Zache Designs. Legging by Patagonia, $46; A Stone’s Throw. Necklace, $15; Hot Mama. Kicheya flats by Nine West, $50; Boston Store.


Dressed for Anywhere
A little black dress doesn’t always have to be dressy. When worn with a denim jacket and flats, this classy piece has a decidedly casual feel that’s still work-appropriate. Little black dress by Papillon Blanc, $170; Jan Byce Designs. Denim jacket by Kut from the Kloth, $78; Hot Mama. Earrings, $105; Terese Zache Designs. Cross-body bag, $44; Francesca’s. Greenland flats by Circa Joan and David, $67; Boston Store.

FashionMarch2013Blog-12The Transitional Tunic
Are your closet’s swankier items being neglected? With riding boots and a pair of skinny jeans, a silk tunic traditionally reserved for evening can be the focal point of relaxed day-on-the-town attire. Tunic by Iris, $198, twiggy legging by Jame’s Jeans, $199; Terese Zache Designs. Necklace by Just the Two of Us, $60; A Stone’s Throw. Watch, $24; Francesca’s. Winter haze boots by Lucky Brand, $219; Boston Store.

Thanks to…
ANiU Salon and Spa | 2275 Deming Way, Middleton; (608) 833-2898
A Stone’s Throw | 1925 Monroe St., Madison; (608) 255-1925
Boston Store | West Towne Mall, Madison; (608) 833-9799
Francesca’s | West Towne Mall, Madison; (608) 833-0052
Hot Mama | Hilldale, Madison; (608) 238-7988
Jan Byce Designs | Hilldale, Madison; (608) 233-1606
New York & Company | West Towne Mall, Madison; (608) 827-2666
Terese Zache Designs | Hilldale, Madison; (608) 310-4100
Twigs | Hilldale, Madison; (608) 255-4363

Struttin’ Madison’s Stuff

March 11, 2013

Last week’s Strut. Madison events brought a host of local designers’ and retailers’ fashion down the catwalk. In case you missed out, here are a few highlights from the runway!

Photography by S. Photography and Styling. 

Local Lookbook Runway Show--Lu Anders

Local Lookbook Runway Show–Lu Anders


Local Lookbook Runway Show--Change Boutique

Local Lookbook Runway Show–Change Boutique

Catwalk, Couture & Cocktails--Look by Gypsy Couture

Catwalk, Couture & Cocktails–Look by Gypsy Couture
Catwalk, Couture & Cocktails--Look by Orangy Porangy

Catwalk, Couture & Cocktails–Look by Orangy Porangy

Catwalk, Couture & Cocktails--Look by Rebekah Jacobs Couture

Catwalk, Couture & Cocktails–Look by Rebekah Jacobs Couture

CatWalk, Couture & Cocktails--Look by Gypsy Couture

CatWalk, Couture & Cocktails–Look by Gypsy Couture