Cora Harrington is an author and intimate apparel industry expert. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief at The Lingerie Addict, the largest lingerie blog and one of the few fashion blogs dedicated exclusively to intimate apparel. Harrington specialized in trend reporting, branding, digital and social media, and overall lingerie industry insights.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in central Georgia (the state, not the country), and I’ve lived in several states since adulthood, including Washington, California, and now, New York. I was a quiet child who was very immersed in books, and I spent hours every week in the library simply reading what interested me at any given time. I imagine that has a lot to do with my love of research even now.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

I’m going to be honest here. I wish I would’ve realized that connections matter more than you think (or want) when it comes to professional success. There are lots of smart people. There are lots of people doing extraordinary work. There are lots of people who deserve recognition. Unfortunately, what often distinguishes success from invisibility is not the quality of the work, but simply that successful people have a more connected and influential social network. For me, learning that helped me value and appreciate my work more, rather than seeing myself as a failure. It gave me internal motivation, rather than seeking outside validation.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

Oh gosh…a lot of networking “advice” I hear is just wrong and is actually a great way to turn people off. Networking, at its heart, is just being genuinely interested in people and finding people who are genuinely interested in you. There are no tricks, no games, no shortcuts. If you want to have an authentic network, you have to be an authentic person.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

Truly? My stubbornness and inability to give up. It’s not the most glamorous thing, but I’ve been grinding at my current career for over a decade. Sometimes, success is a war of attrition. The last person standing wins.

What is your morning routine?

I’m laughing as I write this because it’s 4:15 am. I am very much a night owl and prefer to work when it’s dark and quiet outside. This has become especially true since both my husband and I began working at home during the pandemic. Usually, I begin my day at noon with a cup of English Breakfast tea and a very light breakfast of toast with butter or orange marmalade. While eating breakfast, I check my social media and email to make sure there aren’t any pressing issues that need my attention. After that, I’ll usually read, catch up on news, run errands, or do some light organizing until my actual workday starts in the evening. When it comes to routine, rather than being fixated on the morning, I think it’s best – if possible – to figure out what works for you and then stick to that.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Taking a walk outside, no matter how short, has done so much for improving my mental health this past year. It’s distressingly easy to realize you’ve spent the entire day – or multiple days – in your home without fresh air, social interaction, or even a cup of coffee from the local cafe. Stretching your legs (if you’re able) and your lungs is necessary.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

I believe productivity and efficiency begin with knowing yourself and being honest about your work style. There’s a lot of advice about how you should work, but if you’re not actually getting the work done, then that advice is useless. I have a task list that doubles as a mouse pad, and I’ll write what I need to do each day that week and make notes on what I’d like to do next week at the bottom. Though I schedule appointments, meetings, calls, and other things on my phone, I’ve found daily items just don’t stick as well unless I physically write them down. When I need to be focused for an extended period of time, I use the app SelfControl to block myself from social media and other time-waster sites.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

Oh, this is hard to answer! I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember, and even books I read in childhood continue to influence my life today. I’m sure the answer would change depending on what day of the week you asked me, but today, I have to say Mythology by Edith Hamilton. Ancient myths are often the inspiration for my editorials, and reading Mythology in high school has absolutely had an influence on that.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

This might be surprising, but I don’t. I’ve certainly read famous quotes that made me nod along, but as far as something I think about all the time? Not really.