September 2012

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from our staff Color Your World " " Crisp, cool nights, rich autumn colors, and back-to-school busyness just feel right. for amazing products in three of this season's hottest hues. We've squeezed 33 of our favorite items onto p. 47-50. With the transition to autumn comes the transition back to school. While cyber bullying has been a hot topic this year—a topic we'll be covering in future months—in this issue we're taking a look at an incredible collection of women who are each tackling another big fear: Internet predators. Turn to p. 59 to see how they are working to educate Madisonians both young and old while try- ing to keep these predators from striking close to home. On a lighter note, we've taken a few pages this month to honor Summer may have slipped by oh-so-fast, but here at BRAVA, we're welcoming the transition to fall. Crisp, cool nights, rich autumn colors, and back-to-school busyness just feel right. Each year, fall brings a fresh start—and we feel it's timely to celebrate our own personal styles, ambitions and good-hearted goals. Our creative juices are fl owing this month thanks to the three the ways we can empower the next generation. First, we're proud to introduce Melanie Matchett-Wood. Turn to p. 11 to see how this mathematician has joined a global movement to build self-esteem. Don't miss a selection of empowering reads for young kids on p. 22. Th en turn to p. 29 to meet a local author who has given young readers a new look at history through her American Girl tales. With 84 pages to fi ll, rest assured there's so much more! Cele- women you'll meet on p. 39. All up-and-coming designers with local roots, their styles couldn't be more varied. One showcases designs that are sweetly romantic, another trendy and refreshing, and the third dramatic and daring. Yet, there is one common thread weaving them together: their singular goal to turn personal style into a professional dream-come-true. Th ey are making it happen in their own ways—and we're heeding their challenge to meet our own goals. Having met these three innovative designers, we're ready as ever for fall fashion! It's our favorite time of year to fi nd updates for our wardrobes. We (and by we, we mean our intrepid stylist Shanna Wolf and art director Kristin Joiner) hit up 22 local stores Whether that's marked by a signature lip color or a tube of Chap- stick in your pocket, pearl earrings or a nose ring, gray roots or long blue locks, own it every step of the way. Sarah DeRoo Editor in Chief Michelle Reddington Publisher Behind the Scenes at BRAVA: Scaling (or Rappelling) New Heights On Aug. 16 we fi nally sent BRAVA Marketing and Events Director Michelle Page-Alswager over the edge—literally. She headed downtown, strapped on a harness (and a helmet) to rappel down the side of the Tenney Building to raise awareness for the efforts of Special Olympics Wisconsin. Special Olympics Wisconsin provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions to children and adults with cognitive disabilities. It's an incred- ibly dynamic group, and Michelle was accompanied by other media professionals, local athletes and Special Olympics supporters who raised funds for the cause. For more information on Special Olympics Wisconsin, visit brate St. Mary's Hospital's incredible anniversary with Dr. Frank Byrne on p. 24, fi nd a performing arts preview on p. 67, and solve the age-old dilemma of what wine to pair with taco dip (oh yes, we wouldn't joke about that) on p. 70. Whatever your take on the meaning of fall, celebrate your style. 8 BRAVA Magazine September 2012

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