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Meet our March Model: Kristine Bobb

March 1, 2013

If you’ve flipped to BRAVA‘s March fashion feature, you surely noticed two great things we have this month: Bright, classic trends for spring. And, Kristine Bobb’s million-dollar smile. We mean, really…this woman can smile! And as we quickly learned while working with Bobb, a learning coordinator at Toki Middle School, she has a warm personality to back it up. Here’s what she had to say about her experience modeling for BRAVA.

FashionMarch2013Favorites-15What was it like being a model for a day?
It felt awesome to be pampered and to experience a different approach to style than I normally take. It was my first time wearing false eyelashes, and I loved them! I knew what the shoot would entail overall, but not exactly how the outfits would look and it was a fun surprise to see what Shanna Wolf [BRAVA’s fashion coordinator] put together.

And at first, I felt a little self-conscious posing in front of the camera. But as the photographer and stylists coached me to let my personality come out, I was able to relax.

How would you describe your personal style?
Polished. I put a fair amount of effort into deciding what to wear each day and making sure I look well put together. It makes a statement about who I am as an individual and as a professional.

The looks in the feature are all about versatility. What is your must-have versatile garment?
My black leather moto jacket. I have worn it with a T-shirt and jeans to a Badger game, with a skirt to work, and with purple jeans and high-heeled boots for an edgy look. I also love adding a scarf. Any scarf, any way it’s worn, looks great.

Do you keep up with trends or stick to what you know? 
I try to keep up with the trends, but feel I’m a few steps behind. It takes time to convince myself that I can wear trendy fashions at my age. For example, I thought I could never wear skinny jeans, but learned that they are actually very appropriate for my body type. I am also becoming more comfortable wearing flats and loafers. So, I usually get there, but I’m certainly not on the cutting edge of any new trend.

What’s your favorite fashion advice?
One–Don’t rule something out until you try it on. Two–Get an outside opinion. And three–It’s OK to splurge on something you absolutely love. Just make it’s your must-have item, and you will definitely get your money’s worth.


Upcoming Events: Runway Revelry

February 26, 2013
Fashion week may be all wrapped up in New York, but Madison’s fashion scene is just heating up with exciting style events in the works for this week.
StrutfileHead to the Monona Terrace at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 for Catwalk, Couture & Cocktails, one of several events being put on by Strut. Madison Fashion Series. This New York-style runway event features haute couture from several local designers including Miranda Levy, OrangyPorangy, Rachel Frank Designs and more. After the show, guests can enjoy a glass of champagne, sneak an up-close view of the designs, and mingle with the designers. Some designers will even have their chic garments available for purchase post-catwalk.

For a retail twist on runway style, mark your calendar for Strut.’s, Local Lookbook Runway Show and Fashion Market After Party on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Held at the chic and modern Barbra Hochberg Center, the event showcases the elegant apparel from some of Madison’s finest boutiques including Change, Zip Dang, Lu Anders Boutique and more. Stay for the after party for cocktails and the chance to browse local fares, straight from the runway.

For more information on these and other Strut. events visit

On the Town: New Boutiques Open in Middleton and Verona

February 20, 2013

Winter has kept us cooped up, but with the big thaw we’re ready to hit the town and explore a few new places. Just in time, two new boutiques worth a visit have popped up.

If it’s a dress you’re in the market for, Middleton Dress Company is a store dedicated to helping you score the perfect one. The offerings are diversion: With a myriad of styles, colors, and sizes, this new shop can dress you up for a range of occasions.

Bold and styles dresses from Middleton Dress Co.

Trendy frocks for a night on the town from Middleton Dress Co.

Co-owners Linda Lenzen and Sheryl Batten say the goal is to keep their racks packed with a variety of dresses from classic, professional work dresses to lush, extravagant gowns.

But Middleton Dress Company offers more than just girly frocks. They also specialize in dress alterations. So if you have an old dress in your closet that you love but may need some sprucing up, let Lenzen and Batten work their magic. They can make simple sizing adjustments or completely revamp the dress’s look. The store even offers custom made gowns, for the dress of your dreams.


A peek at the offerings inside K.T. and Co. Boutique

Of course, you’ll need the right accessories to go on top, which is where K.T. & Co. Boutique, located in Verona, might come in handy. From trendy jewelry to statement purses, accessories are the name of the game at this bright and inviting boutique with a comfy seating area and sunny walls.

The boutique offers a wide selection of name brand items from Pandora jewelry to Vieta handbags, but it also stocks fares from community artisans.

“We’ve got jewelry from local artists that fills up the front of the store,” explains Ted Hall, husband of Co-owner, Keri Hall.

K.T. and Co. Boutique is located at 500 West Verona Ave., Verona; (608) 845-2000.  Middleton Dress Company is located at 1819 Parmenter St., Middleton; (608) 827-0006.

Spotted: Eye-Catching Bracelets

February 11, 2013

This month at BRAVA, we’re celebrating everything emerald with a Live in Style page featuring hot accessories in this season’s coolest color. And while out and about scouting colorful products, we came across these beauties. We love that their dazzle and how the design is a blend of casual and chic. They’re simple, classic and perfect for dressing up with a cocktail ensemble or adding a hint of glint to a laid-back look. Even better? They come in an array of hues to help you find your favorite color (or try something new).bracelets-(3-of-3)

Of course, we couldn’t keep our eyes off the emerald bracelet along with the similarly cool hues of navy and acqua. Plus, look at how they sparkle: Who can resist sparkles?

Color Groove bracelets by Brighton, $44 each; available at Plum Crazy, 425 W. Cottage Grove Rd., Cottage Grove;

Sneak Peek: A Stop at Local Boutique, Change

January 24, 2013


The February issue of BRAVA is off to the presses and we will ship it next week. But we admit, we can’t wait to show you a few photos of our recent trip to Change, a trendy new boutique specializing in fair trade clothing and accessories on Madison’s east side.

Though the term “fair trade” may be commonplace in the realm of coffee, it’s still an up-and-coming concept in the fashion industry. But, socially conscious clothing is becoming more in demand all over the world, and locally Change is a great place to see just how stylish this movement has become.

Change stocks fair trade apparel and accessories from countries including Uganda, Bolivia and Cambodia. Shoppers can browse an array of ultra-chic clothing in a range styles–from casual to swanky–while sipping on complimentary fair trade (of course!) coffee.

Read more about the fashionable offerings of Change, and the story of its owner, Nikki Anderson, in the February issue of BRAVA magazine.

Change is located at 1252 Williamson St., Madison.

Berry Bold

January 2, 2013


Our January issue just hit the stands, but before we say farewell to 2012 for good we’re looking back at the lipstick trend highlighted in the style pages of December. It’s a warm look for the cold weather season: berry lip hues.

In case you’re wondering how to pull of these daring colors, here are a few tips: Try pairing dark crimson hues with fresh, light foundation and blush. Create a balanced glow (and avoid looking too colorful and colownish) by letting your lips take center stage and keeping your other features toned down.

Also, consider your skin tone when picking a berry hue. Dark, sheer shades work best for the fair skinned while medium to darker skin tones can get away with a richer, truer berry.

Left to right: Plum Couture lipstick by Estee Lauder, $25; Stay Mulberry by Estee Lauder, $25; Rare Orchid by Aveda, $16; Rebel Raspberry by Estee Lauder, $25; Stay Cranberry by Estee Lauder, $25.

The Perfect Pre-holiday Event

December 21, 2012


Tis the season of giving, and if you’re looking for a simple (and relaxing) way to give back this time of year, head to Rejuvenation Spa on Monday, Dec. 24. Receive any service on Christmas Eve day between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization committed to ending hunger in 16 southwestern counties in Wisconsin.

If time doesn’t allow for a spa service on Christmas Eve, but you’d still like to help out, swing by Rejuvenation Spa anytime during the month of December and drop off non-perishable food items which will also be donated to Second Harvest.