To be inspired. 

As you all know, we attended CommYOUnityYVR’s screen night event at the Settlement building in Gastown on Saturday, June 10th. The power of personal connection is truly amazing because to give and connect with creative people in this world is divine. We want to start off by thanking Kiana Heighton for bringing everyone together and making this night happen. The whole team did a spectacular job with setting the relaxed, yet fun ambience. For those who haven’t been in the Settlement Building, the decorations and natural lighting coming from the windows turned the place from feeling cold to cozy; it’s what made the place look so unique and beautiful. It had the guests feeling cool because of the airy, open mood. This became so evident as the night went on and the space continued to fill up. People continued to vibe off each other’s energy and the night became that much better. We can vouche for that because the moment we walked into the building we both felt the burst of connection; a warm, tingling sensation. To be in a room that allows relationships to be built by countless supporters and entrepreneurs is truly influential. The evening started off with short delightful conversations with old friends, while leading into business like conversations with others.

Spread love and give these humans a follow.||#thebeautyofnetworking 

Kleyra Gonzalez – Founder of Gopublikk || @gopublikk |MIA: Kelly Gonzalez 

Personal trainer, Penny connecting with Oxygen & Ride Cycle Instructor Barb  @bunnybarbbee  || @pennydnbfit

Social Media Coordinator, Ashley connecting with Kleyra. Support this business babes new business @coast.social – @ashmrosiee  

We love to hear each other’s stories and business goals. After all, listening to what others have to say and seeking support is key to learning something new everyday. We listened to Alanah Morin introduce the group of individuals that took part in putting the night together. Alanah is also a member of Community For A Sustainable World  (@communityforasustainableworld)and the Co-founder and Director of Operations.

As the evening carried on we got to know what each entrepreneur is challenged with, what community means to them, and a little about the industry each entrepreneur works in.

So what was our big take away from this night?

Networking is a big part of getting yourself out there, but you don’t always have to focus on that. To be present at a night like this reminded us how much we appreciate and enjoy genuine conversations. Laughing while working is great for your soul – work doesn’t always need to be serious – #laughalot.

Before our business foundation can even begin to support and empower other businesses we must understand where others are coming from. Therefore we like to start every conversation by: asking questions, finding commonalities, and just listening. We’re not perfect, but over time the more events we attend, the better we’ll get at doing these 3 things. So our second take away from this night is recognizing the power of your words and communication. So we are making it our goal to voice wisely and to not expend it wastefully from now on.

Shoutout to COMMYOUNITYYVR once again for a fun and giving evening.














S p r e a d l o v e 

Entrepreneurs in photos:

Sandy Martin- Corte – @epicexistencelife

Spencer J Steele – @spencerjsteel – check out his soundcloud.

Ashley R –  @coast.social – @ashmrosiee  

Penny E – @pennydnbfit give this babe a like on Facebook

Barb B –  @bunnybarbbee

Mhark M – @mhark – looking for a new look? Mhark is your guy! Check him out at black2blond.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Gopublikk

 

 

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CommYOUnityYVR

“It’s a twin thing”

– gopublikk

In early March we were approached to take part of an inspiring project, CommYOUnityYVR. The last couple of days you have seen us mention this event in our social media channels – we’re super excited and touched to have been asked to take part in such an inspiring project. The screening event for CommYOUnityYVR is tomorrow, June 10. It is aimed to promote local entrepreneurs to share their story and inspire others. We are grateful to have been asked to take part in such an amazing project and vision because we love to share stories and collaborate with locals – we love what we do. Kiana Heighton, director of the show, Co-Founder and Community Event Director of Community for a Sustainable World collaborated with a total of 30 entrepreneurs from different fields. Kiana asked questions (tough ones too), and dug deep to reveal each story and have it presented publicly on screen night to a group of local individuals. A big shoutout to Sandy M for all the editing and her videography skills, and another shout out to Tessa B and Ashley R for coming together and bringing a vision to life.

We are ready to mingle, eat, and have some drinks on Saturday! More importantly, to collaborate, connect, and speak to many entrepreneurs and individuals. We look forward to sharing our story, learning about others obstacles, challenges and success. To inspire and be inspired!


As entrepreneurs, we are thrilled to be a part of this moving project that will be happening this coming Saturday. We shared our story with Kiana and got deep down and personal with her about Gopublikk as a business and how we started laying the groundwork for success. Being part of this screening brings us so much joy – to be a part of a night that can impact not just one person, but several from the community to commit to an unrelenting pursuit of a goal they may have – that itself is rewarding. We love what we do and you’ll find us sharing that in everything that we do.

This Saturday it is going to be an honour to be in a room filled with many individuals that share the same vision; bringing the community together.

Catch us at 397 Alexander St. Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4 🙂

(Yeah, we put the address there on purpose!)
Gopublikk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Kelly Gonzalez 

Vancouver Swimwear Fashion Show

This past weekend we collaborated with Elizabeth Morelos and her team to put on a swimwear fashion show at Fortune Sound Club. Last year when we were approached by Elizabeth, we had interviewed her about launching this organization and got to know more about her nautical vibe swim line and more about herself as a creative designer.

(You can find out more about Elizabeth in our previous post here: https://gopublikk.com/2016/07/26/elizabeth-morelos-goes-publikk/)

Photo by Benjamin Saccone
Photo by Benjamin Saccone
 

VanSwim Fashion Show really doesn’t get any more fun than a bikini that features a playful look. All the women in the show were looking pretty in every swimsuit and bikini. As evidenced by the irresistible pictures we have above, the audience found themselves admiring women in two-piece suits in the perfect shade of black, nude and white. They also loved the tropical, colorful pieces that some of the ladies were dancing in as they made their way down the runway. The pieces varied from a square neckline, low v cut, thick/spaghetti straps and slightly longer length of the top; all which makes this a standout for whats trending now. This year Island Gal was accompanied by four other swim lines: INTI Beachwear, Nootka Swimwear, Vitae Apparel, and Swim by Celine. Each which had there own models showcasing their creative designs. If any of you are wanting to hit the pool, beach or lake this summer, be sure to check out their websites:

https://www.intibeachwear.com

https://nootkaswimwear.com (opening soon)

http://www.vitaeapparel.com

https://www.swimbyceline.com

You’ll find yourself looking at some of Vancouver’s newest and latest bikinis and swimsuits. You will embrace how versatile certain swimsuits are that you’ll want to find a way to wear them. We started  picturing a scenery of our favourite beach vacation with the colourful pieces that we saw Saturday night. For all you ladies, we must also take note that some of these designers used colour blocking when creating certain pieces – this makes it an easy way to enhance someones curves – Something like a retro-style one-piece achieves it beautifully. It’s quite refreshing and nostalgic because for us a glam combination of black and white stripes, a solid-colored bottom and standout red trimming, harkens back to the days of pinup girls.

 

The Province Blog: VFW 2017

Get some insight on the blog posts Kleyra wrote for The Province .

Vancouver Fashion Week’s Fall Winter 2017 Launches

Vancouver Fashion Week Day 2

Vancouver Fashion Week kicks off …

Brazilian designer Atelier Valeria Costa…

Day 2 of Vancouver Fashion Week 

Well day 2 consisted of 13 designers showcasing their work. It was quite the show. I was very happy to take some time and sit front row to start off my night – as I was accompanied by our brother, Victor Martinez and photographer, Benjamin Saccone. These two helped us capture backstage and front row shots; I was very lucky to have them by my side.

Below are some photographs from the show. 

Designer of Encima and his son.
Kelly Gonzalez and Victor Martinez sitting front row.


Designer of Maharishi Collection.


Designers of Illusions Lab X Jennifer Reeves Designs.




Designers of Relentless Lifestyle.


Designer, Katherine Tessier (left)


Designer of Blushing Boutique (left)

Photographs captures by, Benjamin Saccone – IG: @benjaminsaccone 
Stay tuned, as we’ll have more pictures up for you all! 
– Gopublikk

Written by: Kelly Gonzalez 

#VFW Opening Gala

Walking into last nights show we immediately got a great sense of the ambiance and how the night and week was going to play out; also knowing that the show began at sunset for the opening gala – we knew we were in for a long, stellar night. 

Before and after entering the building you have three photographers constantly taking pictures of everyone – let alone the amount of photographers in the media pit and on the runway. If we may add, it’s quite overwhelming, yet fascinating how you just walk in and suddenly your picture is being taken right away without being asked. Although, we were charmed by the whole idea of having photographers pursue us to get photographs, what really caught our eye was the bold detail and contrast colours that stood out in the sea of black and white colours. You could really get a good grasp of the look they were going for and their sense of style overall. In fact, we snapped a photo with three men who stood out from the crowd miles away because of their outfits. They were superb and such fashionistas – you couldn’t miss them. I mean one out of the three wore this coloured black, long (somewhat furry) coat which befits a funerary and nocturnal animal; the aesthetic quality made the piece luxurious and eye catching – even though he wore black like several others. 

Moving away from the people and focusing on the set up, you can feel yourself indulging in sweets and alcohol. As mentioned earlier, the mood was set. The bright lights beaming on the white runway, the designers sitting front row, and of course, the media pit located right at the very front of the runway. You can hear the constant clicking of each camera going off and you can see the sweat and steam coming off of each individual. It was hot inside. The place was filled with growing, creative artists – Vancouver Fashion Week is changing and offering opportunities for starters and new comers. The turn out was amazing and you couldn’t find a place to sit. 

Now shying away from what was seen on the runway, we were able to meet and connect with tons of models, designers, entrepreneurs, stylists, fashion marketers and more backstage. Talking to them for a short amount of time helped us get a solid insight behind the scenes of Vanfashion week. Experiencing the rush and chaos that is occurring behind closed curtains was unreal. Designers and volunteers do a phenomenal job creating a unforgettable show for the people attending by having the models ready and not losing momentum. It was amazing to witness and be a part of that craziness for the opening Gala. We loved the rush and adrenaline we felt moving from one place to another with our photographers. Thanks to the two of them we captured amazing shots from last night. 

All in all, the show was spectacular and you can tell the people enjoyed the show. To have people flying in from different parts of the world and connect with the community in Vancouver made the event that much better. They all sat, smiled and nodded while tapping their fancy shoes to the rapid rhythm playing from the speakers. With that said, we must say, the way buoyant motion/flow of the models walking down the aisle; along with the clothing they were modelling filled us with an exquisite, quivering joy. 

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Below are some photos from the opening Gala (all photos taken by Patrick Kendell Shaw). 

 – Gopublikk 

Written by: Kelly Gonzalez 

Vancity Business Babes Anniversary Bash número DOS

So tonight we attended Vancity Business Babes Bash – hosted by Danielle Wiebe at SKYHANGAR in Pitt Meadows. Those who have never been, believe us when we say it is beautiful. It’s in the middle of nowhere and the building is quite big and spacious with high ceilings; it had a helicopter inside the building. It was pretty cool that Danielle decided to host her event there because not only did it have lots of parking, but we loved the idea of it being far from the city.

Anywho, moving to the good stuff tonight – feelings. Let’s quickly discuss how we felt today by starting off with you know when people say they feel inspired and motivated after hearing a speaker, watching a movie, reading an article, or being surrounded by a loved one?…well, that’s what tonight did to us.

The event consisted of several vendors and several entrepreneurs. We were both amazed at the amount of people that arrived from different cities just to attend and hear from those on the panel tonight. We had of course, Danielle speak about starting Vancity Business Babes (VCBB) and her accomplishments within the past 2 years, along with 3 bloggers which had recently started their business. They discussed their strenghts and weaknesses, and shared with us their story on how they got to where they are today. This was nice to hear because it was a reminder that not only do we struggle, but others do too throughout their journey of building a name for their brand or company.

You know, Kleyra and I are huge on surrounding ourselves with positive people and continuously learning from others to grow. That being said, it’s not always easy to do that in the business world. VCBB hosted an event tonight that allowed us to collaborate with businesses and take away awesome tips to keep in mind as we continue to grow as a business. One thing that was mentioned today that we really liked was that VCBB strives on collaboration and not competition. It’s quite an amazing experience to feel and know that the business women who came tonight helped empower and support other local businesses. Walking out those doors triggered us to want to push our limits once again and really just go home and get things done – so we did just that. Kleyra got her laptop and started brainstorming some more and I put my working boots on and got my head in the game. I started scheduling and asking myself, “now what is the next step?”

We both became super excited about moving forward with the new stuff we had in mind and actually started implementing a plan to reach out to businesses more and get them to want to work with us. We’ve got our working boots on and now there is no stopping us. We’re on a mission, just like every other business woman that we saw and met tonight.

Keep an eye for the next VCBB event because you may find us there!!!

Now go make things happen.


– Gopublikk





















Written by: Kelly Gonzalez