Summer 2019 Love List

Summer 2019 Love List

With the launch of ARDOR, we have been thinking about the concept of ardor here at Brightland HQ: that is, feeling passionate, enthusiastic, and eager about everything: food, relationships, fashion, policy, community, family...and life.

Living a life full of ardor is something we want to unapologetically pursue, and that starts with the things we are enthusiastically passionate about right now: Welcome to our Summer 2019 Love List, curated by Brightland founder Aishwarya Iyer.



1. Backdrop



Backdrop is a marvelous new paint company doing things a bit differently in the interiors space. I love their innovative colors and names, like Weekend Upstate and Aperitivo Hour. Their paint brightens and elevates spaces in a very special way.”




2. Erin McKenna's New Santa Monica Bakery



“As a former New Yorker, I have been a long-time fan of Erin McKenna’s vegan baked treats. Thus, I am so delighted that she opened a charming bakery and cafe in Santa Monica last month...and am equally delighted that Brightland’s ALIVE is found in the space as well as in select baked goods.”




4. Raveena


“I discovered this Indian-American R&B/soul/jazz/electronic artist this summer and have been playing her music non-stop while cooking. Think Ella Fitzgerald meets Corinne Bailey Rae with introspective lyrics and beautiful melodies.”




4. ARDOR/Marleigh Culver



Ardor was inspired by vintage Vogue magazines, terracotta, spicy, hot summer days and dusky evenings, and I'm so thrilled to have partnered with the amazing Marleigh Culver, who created an unforgettable label. This is going to be my summer oil, pasta salads and pizzas galore."




5. The Well Journal


Brightland friend and stellar nutrition coach Mia Rigden of The RASA Life recently debuted this incredibly thoughtful journal that empowers you to take a moment to reflect on your day and serves as a powerful mindfulness exercise. I also love the journal because it is truly the intersection of design, function and wellness.”




6. The Hoxton Hotel



Brightland’s brand philosophy and ethos is around celebrating the everyday, and taking a moment to enjoy the simple things, like being at home. In the instance that we find ourselves away from home, it’s pivotal to find spaces that bring us back home, no matter where we are...and the Hoxton does just that. With chic hotels in cities like New York, Chicago, Paris and one opening soon in downtown Los Angeles (blocks from Brightland HQ!), each space feels authentic, warm, welcoming and ultimately -- feels like home.”




7. Garance Dore's "Pardon My French" Podcast


“When I am cooking a longer, larger meal, I find myself listening to podcasts: “Pardon My French” by Garance Dore is my current favorite. Garance is a bold, creative, gracious artist, designer, tastemaker and entrepreneur (and a friend of Brightland!) and she and her team dive into fascinating topics ranging from ‘myths of adulthood’ to fascinating interviews with industry pioneers, like Hotelier Ian Schrager.


What are you loving this summer? Email us at or let us know on IG by tagging what you absolutely love with #summerofardor.



Photo Credit:,,,, thehoxtoncom,