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So This is Love...A Valentine's Day Editorial

Here is my Valentine's Day editorial, 10 days late, because during the week of love, I was trying to save a friend's life. Still am trying, in fact.

The details aren't mine to share publicly, especially not here, but I don't know if I've felt such a deep, profound, upswelling of Philia, the Greek word for the kind of platonic love between the very deepest of friends.



Right now, I am hurt. I am scared. I am angry. I am terrified. But most of all, I am helpless. I am watching someone I love disappear before my eyes and I am powerless to stop it. I can't will them to stay, and I've tried so hard.

I know I am fortunate. To be able to suspend my life, to leave town on the drop of a dime, to grieve profoundly. And if I had to do it all again, I would. For how can one put a price on love?

The world often talks about romantic love. The love of attraction. But what about the love between friends?

For the last two weeks, I've been drowning in tears. My face has grown a rich crop of pimples, like pins on a geographer's map. My soul is cut to the marrow, and I feel like my heart is breaking, splintering into pieces inside my chest.

I don't know, if the worst happens, if I will be okay.

I thought my 30s might bring a little peace. But what I've learned instead is that the calm never comes. Instead this will be a decade of changes. Of permanent shifts. In how you see yourself, and in how you see your others. I have learned things - horrible, terrible things - in the last two weeks I could never have imagined.

I am desperately trying to salvage my heart, to keep it from dying inside me, trying not to fall into that gap, that hollow place, that widening shadow of grief.

For it is the season of love. Even when it hurts.

Credits ~
Photography: Bảo Ngô
Makeup: Daylin Laine
Styling: Cora Harrington, The Lingerie Addict

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Lingerie: Love Vera. Stockings: Cervin. Gloves: Creepy Yeha.

Lingerie: Love Vera. Stockings: Cervin. Gloves: Creepy Yeha.

Lingerie: Love Vera. Stockings: Cervin. Gloves: Creepy Yeha.

Teddy: Kiss Me Deadly. Choker: Karolina Laskowska. Tights: Yandy.

Teddy: Kiss Me Deadly. Choker: Karolina Laskowska. Tights: Yandy.

Teddy: Kiss Me Deadly. Choker: Karolina Laskowska. Tights: Yandy.

Teddy: Kiss Me Deadly. Choker: Karolina Laskowska. Tights: Yandy.

Gown: Anya Lust.

Gown: Anya Lust.

Gown: Anya Lust.

Gown: Anya Lust.


Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

4 Comments on this post

  1. Grace E Kirkpatrick says:

    you and your friend have my deepest sympathies, and all my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Ana says:

    Cora, my heart broke a little when I read this post. Sending positive energy to you and your friend in this difficult journey.

  3. Art says:

    Sweet Cora,

    Thank you for sharing your passion and opening your heart. I hope and pray that you will be okay.

  4. nofixedstars says:

    i don’t think that any decade is easy, really; they are all just different…

    i am sorry to hear of the pain you are going through. you are right—there is much emphasis on romantic love. there is some lip service given to the love between a mother and child, though little real support for it or understanding of its complexity. and very little is spoken of the love between friends, yet it can be stronger, more lasting, and deeper than romantic love.

    all love is difficult in some way. i am always amazed how strong our hearts really are. i wish you comfort.

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