Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog Martha Jane.
My name is Martha, and I’m a blogger, a musician, and a thinker. I’m currently studying literature at King’s College London, but my heart definitely lies in creating things. I started my blog alongside my YouTube channel in December 2014 and I haven’t looked back! I’d describe my blog as a fashion and lifestyle blog first and foremost, but I try to keep things interesting by covering lots of topics and getting creative with my imagery and post layout. I definitely feel that it’s an accurate representation of who I am as a person, and that’s what makes it my happy place. Like a lot of people, I feel like I’m able to be 100% myself on my blog.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be and why?
This is such a difficult question! I think I’d describe myself as creative, thoughtful and a little bit nutty! Creative, because I’ve always centered my life around the arts, especially music. Thoughtful, because my brain is always running at 100 miles per hour, either brimming with ideas or worrying about something! And nutty speaks for itself. I think we’re all a bit weird deep down, creative people even more so! I definitely think my kooky side makes up a huge portion of my personality though!
What's your trick with your BEAUTIFUL photos? Any tips for those of us wanting to up our photography game?
If I’m honest, I’d never touched a camera before I started my blog, so it means the world that you think my photos are beautiful! Photography has become something I really enjoy, and there have been three things that have made a huge difference to my photos. Firstly, take your time with your photography, and don’t expect to get the perfect shot immediately. I’ve scrapped loads of shoots because they simply didn’t turn out right. Secondly, use the light available to your advantage and discover what you like to work with. Find out how photos taken on a wintry morning compare to photos taken during a sunny afternoon in July, for example. Finally, if you’ve got the budget, invest in a good lens! My wide aperture lens has made the world of a difference to my photography, and it is my baby!
What subject do you love to talk about most on Martha Jane?
I try not to limit myself too much, because I have so many interests! I like writing about fashion and travel, but recently, I’ve really enjoyed writing advice style posts. I’ve struggled with my mental health while at university, and I’ve learnt a lot about coping with it. When you’re struggling with something like depression or anxiety, seeking help can feel incredibly overwhelming, so I recently decided that I want my space online to become a little hub of positivity, as much for my own sake as for my readers. I hope that the combination of positive thoughts and bright photography makes for a really uplifting read. It’s definitely uplifting to create!
What's the best thing about living in London - are you a city girl through and through?
I grew up in the countryside on the Welsh border, and I would say that I’m still a country girl at heart, but it was always my dream to move to London. I think it’s such a unique city, and I don’t know if there are many places in the world where the old and the new come together so beautifully. Some people hate the fast-paced lifestyle here, but I adore it, and when I get sick of it, I know I can always escape to one of the gorgeous green spaces. Whether you’re deer-spotting in Richmond Park or soaking in the view from Primrose Hill, there’s a lot of natural beauty to be found in London, and that has to be my favourite thing about the city.
One of my favourite features on your blog is five senses. Tell us a little bit about this, and if you could pick your ultimate favourites what would they be?
I’m so glad you like it! I’ve always loved reading other people’s favourites posts, and I wanted to incorporate them into my own blog. As a student, I try to be quite sensible with my money, so the first time I tried to put a favourites post together, I realised that I just don’t have that much stuff to talk about! That’s when I had the idea of breaking my favourites down into five sensory categories, and it’s worked out really well! I think my ultimate favourites for each category would be Peppermint Leaves Teapigs for taste, Lush’s Honey I Washed The Kids for smell, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel for feel, Interstellar for see, and Halcyon Days by Ellie Goulding for listen! I always go back to every single one of them.
You recently featured on a Mastercard advert where you were surprised by Ellie Goulding - and you SANG with her! Tell us a little bit about your experience and is she what we'd all expect?
Sometimes I don’t actually believe that it happened to me, so I have to go back and watch the video! It just feels like a crazy dream now! Long story short, after spotting my cover of Ellie’s song ‘Army’ with my best friend, MasterCard tricked us into believing that they wanted us to take part in an online documentary about YouTube and musicians. Thinking back on it now, I don’t know how they has us fooled for so long, but somehow we ended up on stage with Ellie Goulding, singing ‘Army’ with her! We chatted to her for about an hour, and we spent a good 10 minutes hugging for press photos (too surreal!), and she’s unbelievably down to earth. She told us how packed her schedule was that day, and how she had industrial strength concealer on to cover the bags under her eyes, and it made me realise how much work goes into being a musician at that level! I have so much respect for her as an artist and as a person after meeting her.
You love to talk about travel and it's one of my favourite things to read. Tell us your favourite place that you have every visited.
I seem to spend most of my life dreaming about travelling, and while I haven’t travelled that far afield yet, there’s lots to be found on your doorstep. Hopefully, I’ll be able to visit bucket list destinations like Japan and Canada one day, but for now, Europe suits me just fine! I love exploring new cultures, and for that reason, it’s a tie between Lisbon and Seville for my favourite place I’ve ever visited! They’re both incredibly laid back cities, which feel relatively untouched by the 21st century, and it makes for such an amazing escape. I cried my eyes out when it was time to leave!
Your outfit posts are always a pleasure to read and your style is to die for! Where do you get your style inspiration from?
Thank you so much! I don’t feel like I have a signature style, and I love to experiment with what I wear. I’m as happy wearing feminine florals as I am in jeans and trainers, so I take inspiration from lots of places. Living in London is wonderful for my fashion muse, because everybody dresses so well here, but Pinterest is always a great place to discover outfit ideas, too. I think most of my style inspiration comes from individual items though. If I see something I really love, I get really excited thinking about how I could style it, and so outfit ideas start flowing naturally.
What are your goals for your blog and what can we expect in the future?
I feel like I’ve found my blogging groove recently, and I feel really happy with the way things are going, so I really want to keep this up. I think you can expect plenty of positive thoughts, outfit posts, and hopefully more travel features when the holidays roll around! I absolutely love blogging, and I haven’t ever pursued something this passionately before, so I want to keep growing and improving and meet likeminded people within the blogging community. I think my biggest goal is definitely to write and produce my own music in the future, so I’ll be shamelessly promoting that on my blog one day, too!
I want to say a huge thank you to Martha for taking the time to take part in this feature. She has a truly wonderful blog, with stunning photography of her thoughts and adventures. which you totally need to get obsessed with like me! So, where can you find her, I hear you ask...