If you author a style-oriented blog titled Rules for the Modern Girl, you’d better make sure you’ve got the expertise to back it up. Time to put Christine Watson ( www.instagram.com/tinewatson), the brains behind the blog, to the test. The 27-year-old Newburyport resident also implements training courses for a major accounting firm and enjoys spending time with her husband and parrotlet (it’s a tiny parrot). She also adores all things French, so it’s time to say bonjour to this week’s In-stagram francophile.
Q. Newburyport is beautiful, but I detect a bit of sadness in your voice when you say you no longer live on Beacon Hill.
A. Yes, there is most definitely some sadness in my voice. But that is because nothing compares to living in the city. Sadly, in Boston, I can’t afford what I really need right now, which is three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a washer and dryer, ample storage, and parking for two cars. But, as I said, Newburyport has been treating us well and it helps that we live a quarter mile from the downtown area.
Q. I’m sure your parrotlet, Zinnie, is very sweet. But I have to confess that I’m slightly terrified of parrots. They’re always looking at me like I did something wrong.
A. You’re not alone. Many people are terrified of birds. I think you really need to be a bird person to understand them. They are so different than having a dog or cat. I’ve had a bird since I was 12 years old, so having one is just normal for me. Zinnie is super sweet and really fun to have around. He only says one thing: “What are you doing?” Kind of makes him seem really nosy.
Q. I love your blog, but it’s a bit misleading. It’s called Rules for the Modern Girl, but I couldn’t find any specific rules. Am I being too literal? Or perhaps the parrot deleted the page with the rules?
A. I told Zinnie to stay off my computer! No, you’re right, there aren’t any explicit rules, but it started with the idea that there are certain values or rules that you live your life by. Mine include things such as choosing quality over quantity, and always using my best things, like Waterford crystal and cloth napkins, even on a quiet Wednesday night.
Q. I am also a fan of all things French. For me it started when I fell in love with Catherine Deneuve in “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.” How did it start for you?
A. My love for all things French started so early that I honestly cannot remember what it was that triggered the love. I do confess to wearing a lot of berets in my elementary school years.
Q. What is the biggest style faux pas that you see among the women of Boston?
A. Business women wearing sneakers with their nice work clothes. Every time I go into the city I see this and cringe. I silently beg the woman to go home and find herself a chic pair of ballet flats to wear on her commute. Obviously chic rain or snow boots for inclement weather are totally fine. I do not accept the argument that they need the support from sneakers. Cole Haan has chic flats that they have created with comfortable and supportive Nike Air technology. No excuses.Want to be featured as an Instagram style star? Hashtag your photos #BostonSnap. Christopher Muther can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther.