Simone Torn

Freelance Magazine Writer for Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Nicki Swift, TheTalko, ScreenRant, Dexerto, MTV Voices, PopSugar, and more

United States

I'm here to make your life easier by providing my services as a professional pop culture and lifestyle writer. I have over 10 years of experience writing viral content that uplifts, inspires, and motivates.

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Travel

The Journiest
07/15/2024
7 Tips for Surviving Your First Vacation as a Couple

Going on vacation with your significant other can either make or break the relationship. According to recent studies, half of all couples break up directly after their first vacation together. Yikes!

The Journiest
07/16/2024
New York's Most Beautiful Libraries & Book Stores

New York is hands down one of the most literary cities on the planet. Worldclass writers - I'm talking Herman Melville, James Baldwin, Joan Didion, Sapphire, Patti Smith, Colson Whitehead, Edith Whatton, Torrey Maldonado, and on and on - have called the metropolis home.

The Journiest
07/03/2024
Most Affordable Tropical Vacation Destinations

And there's no denying how pricey these tropical destinations can be. Fortunately, we've rounded up a list of the most reasonably priced tropical vacation spots on the planet. So grab your striped beach towels and sunblock, and let's dive into the most affordable tropical vacation destinations that you're gonna want to visit ASAP.

The Journiest
06/26/2024
Bucket List Road Trips Across The USA

Here are the top United States road trip recommendations you must take at least once in your lifetime. (Not to be dramatic or anything, but these trips will totally change your life.)

The Journiest
06/10/2024
TSA-Approved Beauty Essentials For Travel

You've been waiting in line for hours to haul your carry-on luggage through security. You're exhausted after a long day of travel and you simply want to get on your plane already. And, it happens: the baggage handler informs you that one of your favorite carry-on items is not TSA-approved.

The Journiest
06/03/2024
Riding Solo? The Best Places For Solo Travel in the USA

In today's hustle-n-bustle culture, there's rarely time in the day for a moment of solitude. And while moments spent with schoolmates, co-workers, and family are a gift to be cherished, alone time is equally essential. Many people don't realize how valuable solitude is. Without the distraction of f...

The Journiest
05/24/2024
NYC's Top Spots for Espresso Martinis

New York City is famous for being the city that never sleeps. So what better way to stay up all night than to guzzle down some delish Espresso Martinis? Wanna know where to find the best Espresso Martini in New York? Look no further.

Medium
06/26/2024
Best Writing Spots for Freelancers In New York City

Sure, I once had dreams of living the Carrie Bradshaw fantasy where I'd churn out 1,000 words a week while simultaneously drowning in haute couture and Milano shoes. Eventually, I realized that being...

Beauty, Fashion, Wellness

trueself
06/18/2024
Trending Summer Hair Colors For 2024

With that being said, picking which shade to dye your hair can be a major decision. So if you've been hoping to change things up but don't know where to start, check out Topdust's list of the trendiest Summer hair colors we're seeing in 2024.

trueself
06/26/2024
What We Know About Fenty Hair

Due to the smashing success of Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin, it was only a matter of moments before the "Kiss it Better" singer released a Fenty hair care line. Good news! In June of 2024, she did just that - getting to the *root* of all our deepest desires.

Topdust
06/10/2024
Cover Up! Our Favorite Affordable Concealers

If I was only allowed to use one cosmetic for the rest of my life, I wouldn't even hesitate to choose concealer. While blush, mascara, and lipstick can add a certain spark to your features, there's something so seminal about concealer that I simply refuse to leave the house without it.

trueself
04/24/2024
The Best 2024 Spring Nail Trends

The seasonal change-up in style isn't limited to our wardrobes, though. For those of us who love to express ourselves through fashionable aesthetics, selecting the ultimate nail color can be a tough choice. Because there are so many shades and designs to choose from, it can be insanely difficult to land on merely one option.

trueself
06/05/2024
Best Sustainable Brands To Shop Now

Lately, fast fashion brands are all the rage. Clothing outlets such as Shein, Wish, and Fashion Nova are insanely cheap, trendy, and sooo tempting for consumers (even the climate concerned among us). But behind the Instagramable fits and bejeweled accessories lie a dark truth that cannot be ignore...

Topdust
04/24/2024
Our Favorite Men's Spring Fashion Trends Of 2024

When it comes to any seasonal wardrobe switch-up, the most important factor as you scope out new clothes is to go with styles that align with your personality. For instance, if you identify as eccentric and counter-culture, don't fill your closet with drab beige polos simply because it's on-trend right now.

Topdust
04/10/2024
A Look Inside Bella Hadid's New Beauty & Wellness Brand - Orebella

The official Orebella Instagram page showcases images of crystals, blossoms, bottles of essential oils, and tarot cards. Most of the Instagram captions feature poetry or quotes about healing. To underline that aesthetic, one photo contains Hadid with open arms, prancing around an open field.

trueself
06/03/2024
Best Books For Mindfulness

In today's world, we need mindfulness more than ever. Why? because we live in an age of constant distraction. Thanks to technological advancements like smartphones, social media apps, binge-able Netflix shows, and highly addictive video games, humans seem to need this sort of stimulation in or...

Topdust
04/17/2024
What Should You Wear to Coachella 2024?

Eventually, flower crowns and bohemian fits became all the rage and for many years, the festival outfit of choice took on a hippie/boho aesthetic. Now, as time has spun its web, the trends have shifted. What are the hottest looks dominating Coachella 2024?

TheTalko
05/17/2019
Shy Girls: How To Break Out Of Your Shell

Being known as "the shy girl" is never easy, and it's all too common for members of the timid squad to feel ashamed of their quiet nature. It's as though there is something wrong with us for our inability to branch out.

Blysee
01/25/2019
15 Ways To Stay Fit In The Winter

Winter is one of the most difficult times of the year to score a flat stomach and glass-cutting jawline that we all secretly crave. It makes sense.

TheTalko
04/28/2019
Taurus Season: 10 Essentials To Make Your Own Self Care Sanctuary

Taurus season is finally here and even if your zodiac sign is not that of the bull, you can still appreciate the season of the second astrological sign from April 21 - May 21. Those of the second house appreciate the finer things in life and understand the importance of self-care in order to improve the body and mind.

Medium
03/25/2023
My On And Off Relationship With Food

Food and I have always had a rocky relationship. They say that no relationship is perfect, that there are always areas to improve upon in any given romance, and that is no exception when it comes to...

TheTalko
05/20/2019
The Best Self Care Ritual For You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Sometimes we feel as though the whole world is crashing down on our shoulders due to all the responsibilities we have thrust upon us. Whether these responsibilities stem from school work, our jobs, or taking care of loved ones, it is so important that we take some time out of our hectic lives to focus on ourselves.

Medium
03/25/2023
Everything Audrey Hepburn Can Teach Us About Beauty

"The Beauty Of A Woman Is Not In A Facial Mode But The True Beauty In A Woman Is Reflected In Her Soul." -Audrey Hepburn It's no wonder liberal arts students from around the world are continuing to...

Pop Culture

Topdust
06/27/2024
Best 'Enemies to Lovers' Romance Books of All Time

When it comes to romance tropes, "enemies to lovers" has long been labeled as *the* fan favorite. Sure, "friends to lovers" and "grumpy-sunshine" are also high in demand with voracious romance readers. Yet when it comes to the top-tier set-ups in rom-com fiction, "enemies to lovers" will always be crowned #1.

Topdust
06/20/2024
Trending BookTok Reads 2024

And let's face it. Sometimes, things are popular, not because they're bad, but because they're really ( really) good! With that being said, let's take a look at some of the greatest Booktok reads of the moment.

Liberty Project
05/30/2024
10 Celebrities Who Have Charities

While it's common for Hollywood's Elite to participate in philanthropic work, it's less common for celebs to run their own charity organizations. Let's take a look at some of the stars who have worked their butts off to raise money for their truly meaningful foundations.

Topdust
06/27/2024
Vintage Celeb Couples You Had No Idea Dated

Hollywood couples are notorious for short-term relationships - Hello, Britney Spears and Jason Alexander coming in as the briefest at 55 hours! It seems like every other day, we hear that the couple that just walked the red carpet hand-in-adoring-hand is now heading for Splitsville. *Cough, Ben and J-Lo. Cough.*

Topdust
05/24/2024
Worst TikTok Trends Of All Time

TikTok's had a crummy reputation right from the start. On the one hand, the social media app can be a terrific platform buzzing with creativity and informative content. Yet, on the other hand, there are a bunch of toxic trends floating around that can only be classified as downright offensive.

Popdust
05/09/2024
Most Shocking Moments on Vanderpump Rules

While the scandals on the hit Bravo series may be stressful for the Sur staff, we must admit it makes for pretty great reality TV. From Nasty catfights to the notorious "Scandoval," let's take a look back at some of the most shocking bombshell moments throughout VPR.

Popdust
04/29/2024
Our Favorite Reality TV Moments

For the general public, reality TV is often categorized by viewers as a "guilty pleasure" rather than regular network fare. Yet reality television's once lowbrow status has shifted in recent years due to the rapid improvement in storytelling and soaring ratings.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet
08/19/2020
Why Johnny Depp Was 'Never the Same' After His Break Up With Winona Ryder

A few decades ago, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were the most adored couple in Hollywood. They were the "it" couple of the 90s, causing the general public to swoon over their deep and profound connection. It's easy to get nostalgic over the romance between the Tim Burton stars, and over thirty years later, their relationship is still making headlines.

Popdust
05/13/2024
Best LGBTQ Couples in Film and TV

These days, we're lucky to have such a diverse array of incredible gay and lesbian couples gracing our screens, both big and small. Let's take a look at some of the most fabulous same-sex pairings represented in the media over the years.

Relationships

Popsugar
11/07/2019
What It's Like Being a Woman Terrified of Commitment

POPSUGAR is a global lifestyle media brand with content encompassing entertainment, style, beauty, wellness, family, lifestyle, and identity. POPSUGAR's team of editors, writers, producers, and content creators curate the buzziest content, trends, and products to help our audience live a playful and purposeful life.

TheTalko
04/28/2019
10 Date Ideas Way More Exciting Than Dinner And A Movie

There is nothing wrong with a classic dinner date along with a movie, yet it's important to spice things up in your relationship by trying out new activities as often as possible. Falling into a routine is an easy way to hurt a romance and burn out the spark, so what can you do to keep the fireworks?

TheTalko
05/25/2019
10 Hobbies To Take Up After A Breakup

Breakups are tough. Getting your heart broken is both physically and emotionally painful and we understand if all you want to do now is scarf down a tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream while blasting Tayler Swift.

HelloGiggles
05/26/2016
Why I'm glad the honeymoon phase is over

There I was, standing in the grocery aisle, trying to choose between Twizzlers and Flaming Hot Cheetos for the party my boyfriend and I were throwing later that night. "Just get both, dude," said my boyfriend of over two years, as he placed both snacks into the cart. Wait.

TheTalko
05/04/2019
12 Subtle Things That Men Are Secretly Into

As women, we think we know exactly what men want. Usually, we assume they only want "one thing", but this is usually far from true. There are a lot of terrific men out there who are looking for a whole lot more than a fun time, but what exactly does "a whole lot more" entail?

NickiSwift.com
02/24/2022
Celebrity Couples You Didn't Know Work Together

In Hollywood, only a handful of celebrity couples have beaten the odds by staying together for more than a decade. It comes as no surprise that breakups are common in the land of the rich and famous, considering the opposing work schedules these couples often endure.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet
05/20/2021
Mila Kunis Says Ashton Kutcher's Proposal Was 'The Best Day' of Her Life

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have been happily married since 2015. They had a beautiful, private wedding ceremony that took place in a "secret garden." Yet before the special day, Kutcher got on one knee to propose. And according to Kunis, his proposal was the "best day" of her life.

TheTalko
05/13/2019
10 Times Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Were Relationship Goals

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are one of the most beloved celebrity couples of all time because of how authentic, romantic, and earnest they are together. It is clear to millions of fans that these two are in it for the long haul and that they work to lift each other up every day.

TheTalko
04/28/2019
All Of Ariana Grande's Relationships, Ranked

Ariana Grande has made her relationships with past lovers a big part of her public image and she has never been shy of showing the world just how exciting and playful her romances are. It is easy to understand where she's coming from because when we fall in love, we want to scream our feelings of affection through the rooftops.

Medium
01/27/2019
Why Dating Apps Such As "Tinder" Are Unfairly Stigmatized

"So... how did you two meet?" This is one of the most asked questions for couples everywhere. Everyone wants to know the backstory behind any given romantic relationship because for some reason the way you meet someone seems to set up one's beliefs for the relationship as a whole.

Medium
11/21/2018
Why Carrie Should Have Ended Up Alone On Sex & The City

Once upon a time, long before the everlasting battle between Team Edward and Team Jacob, there was another on-screen love triangle that rattled the nation. This was, of course, the debate as to whether or not Carrie Bradshaw should have ended up with Aidan or Mr. Big.