Recently I was lucky enough to get an email interview with Megan-Cáitlín from VENT//threads. I first heard of Megan-Cáitlín from a blogger meetup I was at, I was interested to hear about someone else blogging in the vintage space in Belfast!
Toby — Thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview! For those folk who don’t know you can you tell us a little about yourself?
Megan-Cáitlín — Hello internet! My name is Megan-Cáitlín and I am the face behind VENT//threads. Currently living in Belfast, studying Fine Art and working in a vintage fashion shop. I am a twenty-something who is obsessed with styling the latest trends with a vintage vibe.
Toby — The reason I wanted to chat to you today is about your site, VENT//threads, could you tell us what made you decide to start the site and what it is about?
Megan-Cáitlín — VENT//threads was originally just a private blog with no name. I was advised to write about my life after being diagnosed with anxiety depression. The diary was where I wrote about positive events and little things that inspired me. After a short few weeks, I realised that the blog was becoming more of a personal style diary more than anything and so I gave it a name and decided to share it on twitter. It was really daunting at the time, but one of the best things I have done.
Now VENT is a lot more professional, with photography by Matthew Johnston and different projects that take place under VENT (ie: Who//What//Wear, Vlogging, Collaborations). Now It’s a place where I can have a voice and hopefully inspire and entertain. I never thought that this would be something I could achieve, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Toby — I have to ask, what does VENT stand for?
Megan-Cáitlín — When I was deciding on the name for the blog (a few weeks after I had already began writing), I was looking through a copy of VOGUE where I found an ‘A-Z of fashion’. I wanted something a little unexpected for a fashion blog name, and found VENT.
In fashion terms, a vent would be a slit of fabric allowing for more movement. However in blogging terms, it meant to ‘go off on a rant’, so it was ideal.
Threads (online discussions, clothing) was too perfect to pass on and so the blog became VENT//threads with VENT//vlogs alongside.
Toby — I love the photography on your site, I believe they come via Matthew Johnston, could you tell us a little about how he got involved?
Megan-Cáitlín — Matthew and I met each other when we were teenagers studying Fine Art. When VENT//threads was just taking off I was just standing in front of an old SLR in my bedroom and hoping that it didn’t look amateur. But it did.
Matthew had been following VENT’s progress and was only too happy to take part with creating a Spring LookBook with me. A lot of Matthew’s portfolio consisted of portraits so I had complete faith. After getting the images back, I decided to never let him go.
Now we shoot WhoWhatWear Street-style around Belfast, Catwalks, Collaborations, and personal style posts together. I think it is important to prioritise time for friends and family over work, but when you can do work with your friends, it really makes things more special. We are a team.
Toby — How have you found doing the vlogs? Do you prefer them to writing?
Megan-Cáitlín — Vlogging was never something I wanted to delve into, and the thought of my voice being online forever makes me feel physically ill.
I guess a big aspect of being a fashion blogger is trying to get noticed on as many different platforms as possible, (bloglovin’, twitter, Instagram etc.) and youtube has just become another one of the platforms that readers are interested in. I’m a million miles away from what I wish I could do, but I hope that the stuff I produce is still interesting now until my confidence builds. I don’t think I will ever stop cringing when editing the videos.
Toby — Do you think Belfast has a good scene for Vintage fashion?
Megan-Cáitlín — There are so many great little vintage treasures to be found through-out Belfast indie shops (Yellow Submarine, Rusty Zip, Vintage Magpie, Kloth..) and I would always advise people to check out those places for something different rather than going straight to high-street.
I have found that since beginning the Who What Wear posts on the blog, so many people are wearing Vintage and Handmade items, but styling them in a contemporary way- It’s great!
I often see pop-up fairs and vintage events around Belfast as of late and they are really great wee treasure coves. I have met so many new friends and characters through the vintage fashion scene in Belfast and I love it! I only wish I had this when I was a young teen!
Toby — Do you have anything cool in the pipeline coming up?
Megan-Cáitlín — I think that for now, I am just going to try and focus on getting into the swing with vlogging and putting more time aside for personal style shoots. Soon Who What Wear will be coming back with a vengeance, which is the reader’s favourite for sure!
Toby — Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my silly questions, is there anything else you would like to add?
Megan-Cáitlín — Thanks a lot Toby! It was interesting to be the one being questioned for once!