This week, we’re crushing on Tori Simeone, a professional dancer, Pure Barre instructor, certified holistic health coach, and Tone It Up trainer (just to name a few of her impressive qualifications). A New York City native, Tori recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for dance while making it her mission to help others learn how to live their best lives along the way. As a NBA spirit dancer for the Clippers with Broadway, tap, ballroom, and partner dancing experience, Tori is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to moving your body. And we aren’t the only ones who think so… During a recent Tone It Up tour, the TIU team met Tori and instantly knew she was the perfect fit. As a Studio Tone It Up trainer, Tori is able to share her talent and love of exercise with people all over the world. The best part? You don’t need dance experience to keep up with Tori—she breaks down each movement in a way that’s easy to comprehend while still keeping her workouts fun and getting your heart pumping. With a busy schedule like Tori’s, it can be difficult to prioritize self-care. We appreciate Tori’s honesty when it comes to finding balance in her life. She regularly shares her favorite ways to practice self-care, like taking herself on solo weekend getaways, relaxing with a face mask, or doing one of her favorite things in the entire world—cooking (while dancing around her kitchen, of course!). When she’s not in the studio or learning how to care for her plant babes, Tori enjoys creating new dishes (which often feature adaptogens), and she even shares her recipes on her Instagram and her health and travel blog, TorrSim. We can’t help but feel motivated by Tori’s positive energy, confidence, and desire to inspire others. Keep hustlin’ Tori—we can’t wait to see where your journey takes you next!
A Day in the Life
What does your daily routine look like?
I have a morning routine that sets me up for a fantastic day. I try to wake up around 8 a.m. each day. I am one of those people that needs her full eight hours of sleep. I drink a large glass of water immediately after opening my eyes to wake up my body, followed by making warm water with lemon. Some mornings I add ACV and cayenne. I meditate and then make a protein-filled breakfast and can start my day. Each day varies for me; I either start with a hot yoga class down the block from my apartment in downtown LA or I head down to my gym for cardio and a Tone It Up workout. I am a Pure Barre instructor, so on days that I am teaching I will head to the studio early to get in the zone for my clients. I give myself down time in the middle of the day to let my body get some rest while I work on answering emails, content for my blog, reading a book (usually self-help or nutrition based), or I call a friend from home to catch up. Each day ends with dinner and downtime at home with my man.
What are your favorite ways to practice self-care?
Cooking and baking healthy, gut-friendly foods is my favorite way to show myself some love. I will light candles, blast music, and dance around my kitchen while I create fun new recipes. I have so much fun doing this. It is not an obligation, no one pays me for it, and that is why I can enjoy it so much and have a blast while doing so! At night, I love to indulge in homemade face masks often throughout the week.
How do you stay inspired?
I am constantly reminding myself of my goals. Whether it is by writing them out daily, taking a look at my vision board, or scrolling through posts I have saved on Instagram. This motivates me to keep moving forward and reminds me why I am making the choices I am making. Some days are harder than others, that is just natural, but by keeping my goals my top priority it makes it so much easier to keep my momentum. Listening to my intuition is important as well. I have learned to say no to the things that do not serve me. By placing my time and energy into the things that light me up, I have no choice but to be inspired. When you work from this place of authenticity, you wind up inspiring the people around you as well! Disclaimer: Just so you know, if you order an item through one of our posts, we may get a small share of the sale.
What are the best products you’ve discovered recently?
Kopari Beauty Products, Vered Botanicals, and Ilia Beauty are my current favorites. All of these are kind to your skin with clean, non-toxic ingredients. I also love the women that are behind each one of these companies. Supporting brands that are made with love from the very beginning is something I love.
What are your favorite apps?
The Calm meditation app is my number one favorite. Yes, I am ranking it higher than Instagram. Instagram takes a close second though. MyFLO is another one of my faves. This is a period-tracking app made by the incredible Alisa Vitti geared towards helping women during every phase of their cycle—not just menstrual. It shows which food is best during the phase you are in, which exercise is best, and even shows what your mental and sexual state are. Highly recommend this app!
Whose Instagram is on your radar?
@katrinascott and @karenadawn might be girl bosses but they will always be #lifegoals. @earthyandy is my #familygoals and #foodgoals—her life in Hawaii looks amazing and the food she has available to eat is my dream! @alison__wu of #WuHaus is #aestheticgoals for sure.
What’s your go-to healthy snack?
Almond butter and berries or veggies with any homemade dipping sauce that I have ready. Sometimes I go for a sliced avocado with tomato topped with salt and pepper—so yummy!
What are you reading, watching, or listening to?
Reading: Go With Your Gut by Robyn Youkilis, The Food Therapist by Shira Lenchewski, WomanCode by Alisa Vitti, and House of Plants by Rose Ray and Caro Langston. Watching: Billions, This Is Us, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—and I will admit that I still watch Grey’s Anatomy. Listening: Lana Del Rey—always. I have been mostly into podcasts while I walk and drive though. Faves are Let It Out, The Armchair Expert, Almost 30, The Balanced Blonde, and mindbodygreen.
If your pet could talk, how would they describe you?
I don’t have any pets (yet), but if my plants could talk they would most likely say, “She doesn’t know what she’s doing, but she tries really hard!” Still learning how to keep my plants alive and thriving! They would also say I’m goofy, quirky, I talk too much, and I love dancing around to music all day long.
What woman in history would you love to take to brunch?
Zelda Fitzgerald. She was a wild child in a time when women didn’t usually come out of their shell or disobey the rules. As the first ever flapper girl, a writer, and an artist, she sounds so interesting, and I would love to sit down with her and ask her about the 1920s.
What’s your coffee order?
I make my own matcha latte at home using an array of adaptogens and collagen, or I grind Modern Times coffee beans and make a cold brew with similar ingredients.
What piece of advice has impacted you the most?
What is for you will always come to you at the time that is right in your life. The universe will always lead you to the right path, just give it time. Maybe someone else got the thing you thought you wanted, that’s okay! Be happy for them! Your thing is on its way to you, and it is yours and no one else’s to take. Need more good vibes in your life? Be sure to check out Tori’s aesthetically appealing blog and follow her on Instagram!