Chic Spotlight: Tina Lane, Florida Transplant and Blogger PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 October 2009 00:50

Chic Spotlight: Tina Lane, Florida Transplant and Blogger
Sometimes it takes an outsider's perspective to see what you've been missing, so this recently local blogger offers advice on how to be a tourist in your own town.

100509SPOTLIGHT.jpgCincy Chic: You moved from Florida up to Cincinnati. So what brought you to this city?


Tina Lane, recent transplant and blogger of Florida Girl Meets the Midwest: The first thing that brought me to Cincinnati was my best friend, Joanna. After helping her to settle into her new apartment in Hyde Park, I started to fall in love with this vibrant city and the possibility of starting over somewhere new.


The second thing that brought me to the Midwest was my future husband, who I met during one of my many visits here. How could I resist them both? The rest is, as they say, history.


Cincy Chic: What were your initial impressions of Cincinnati?


Lane: My first visit was in the dead of winter, so my initial impression was, “Whoa, this place is deserted.” Being from Florida, I was a complete stranger to the change of seasons and the whole hibernation culture of winter. Needless to say, now that I have been acquainted with scrapers and ice storms, I get it.


Once the spring came around, I was in heaven. The art scene in Cincinnati was incredibly impressive, and I adored the unique identity held by each little neighborhood in Cincy. It felt eclectic and ripe for exploration.


Cincy Chic: You turned your experiences into your blog, Florida Girl Meets the Midwest, so what are some highlights from your posts?


Lane: The most recent highlights in my posts have been surrounding my wedding day. It has been fun to bring my readers along for the ride in all of the anticipation, excitement and exhaustion of a bride-to-be and newlywed.


I am also especially proud of my posted reviews of the Smart Talk Women Series in Cincinnati and my interview with Diane Keaton in May of this year.


Cincy Chic: What have been some of the most helpful resources on your adventures through the Queen City?


Lane: Tapping into the local bloggers here in Cincinnati has been a fantastic way to get the inside scoop and see what events and venues the locals are ranting about. For all things girly, I have always deferred to Cincy Chic.


Cincy Chic: From a "tourist" perspective, what places and events should all Cincinnatians go to and attend?


Lane: Go see a Reds game from the Riverfront Club at the Great American Ball Park. Visit the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, and learn about the history behind the city and explore the latest exhibit. Take a walk over the Purple People Bridge and enjoy the views of the Ohio River. Catch the latest run at the Aronoff Center. Partake in the Taste of Cincinnati Festival Memorial Day weekend, and find your new favorite restaurant. Enjoy the Summer Music Series hosted at Fountain Square, and soak in the city skyline at night.


Cincy Chic: What advice do you have for Cincy Chic readers about touring their own town?


Lane: Keep a wish list of places and activities you have always wanted to experience and make sure to add to it when another restaurant or event announcement catches your attention. When a weekend unexpectedly opens up or you are entertaining out of town guests, your list will inspire you to get out and make a mini-adventure.


Cincy Chic: When you're not logging into the blogosphere, what do you do for fun?


Lane: I love to come up with festive culinary celebrations at home, like fondue pajama parties or deep-fried appetizer nights. Sometimes I invite the girls and invent my own cocktail. Thankfully, my hubby tolerates me.


With a zest for the unexpected, you can usually find me participating in some challenge that I am woefully unprepared for, like generously sampling every varietal offered by a winery on my first visit or careening down a zipline with my new mother-in-law.


Cincy Chic: What is your favorite thing about Cincinnati?


Lane: There is so much opportunity in Cincinnati. I am amazed at what a healthy population of young professionals is being nurtured here and how many endless organizations, sponsored events and cultural resources we have at our disposal. You never have to go very far in Cincinnati to expand your horizons. I think that is phenomenal.


Photographer: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Model: Tina Lane
Makeup: Trina Paul, Nordstrom
Location: The McAlpin

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