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 – @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 – – @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













“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!)























Written by Kelly Gonzalez 

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 

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


It’s a new year and we are excited!

Thinking about everything that we did in 2016…well naturally because we’re both woman who are emotional and busy, I think of the word “Panic.”Because of the amount of work projects we’ve been a part of, it has been one hectic year for us. Despite the success we’ve obtained and the goals we’ve achieved, our road to get there was difficult- but not impossible. Before we get started on how we felt this year, we want to say that we are happy and thankful for all the people we connected and partnered with. Throughout our journey, some of these people have motivated us even more to make movements that empower others, but mainly one another. Not only have we grown individually, but together as business partners we have stepped it up and also grown immensely. We embarked on a new approach for our business and really turned something from good to great.

Now with 2017 here, Kleyra and I are looking for nothing but the same thing – if not more. We stand by one another, we help and support one another, and we also challenge one another. We believe and hold ourselves accountable to a lot of things. Before Kleyra and I started Gopublikk we knew that going into it we had to prepare ourselves mentally; tell ourselves that anything is possible and that patience is a virtue. With those two things in mind, we both became capable of maintaining the same level of intensity and commitment to make things happen – even when it gets tough. Lets face it, overcoming adversity isn’t easy.

2016 was rough because we definitely were fighting against time. We realized that we needed to get so much done in less time. This was our fault. Being able to execute things accordingly resulted in sleepless nights, lots of shakes to replace meals, and long nights of scheduling. For this reason, we found ourselves trusting our instinct more then usual to get things done. Their had been many moments where we were just sitting at our dinner table contemplating how things were going to be completed with so many ideas and things in mind. With all things considered, we started feeling anxiety and feeling stressed because we both would get overwhelmed with our homework, other jobs, and our home life. Our life isn’t balanced. We can try and say we divide our time equally, but realistically we just know that as long as we make time for the things we want and the people we love; we’re more than okay. By making room and setting this as a priority for the two of us, it helped make things a lot easier and bareable. Love and support goes a long way. Anyway, last year we gathered our thoughts and process during the year and this year we did it before it started – we’re already on a roll!

Get ready for us Vancouver!


























Written by Kelly G.










EMSSENTIALS is an organization that focuses on athletic development and community building, founded by Emerson Jay Murray. He is a certified trainer through ISSA and has had the privilege of working under several mentors in the athlete development community. Not only does Emerson love helping athletes, but he has found another way of connecting with others through modelling. Emerson is a respected basketball player who has continued his journey in basketball by taking it to another level- We are super excited to have partnered with him.

You can find us throwing community events and appearances in the lower mainland. We will be providing you all with tips and updates on programs for youth clinics and personal training. We will also be giving information on our product launches for our health and fitness products.

Stay posted!

Kelly G

Elizabeth Morelos GOES PUBLIKK

As you all know, VANSWIM had their second annual event this month. The show was spectacular. It was held underground and had very dark, street look to it. The venue reminded me of the CBGB club in New York – minus the posters stapled on the walls. You had to walk down staircases to access the venue and the bar; local artwork was also showcased. The style of music and models used throughout the show varied – it was far from your typical fashion show. For instance, models of different sizes were walking down the runway; dancing and engaging with the crowd. You can feed off their energy and really appreciate the pieces being modelled because the overall light coverage was outstanding. The songs used varied from main street music, to old and new hip hop.  I thank the creator and founder herself, Elizabeth Morelos for giving me and my sister Kelly an invitation.  It was a pleasure to have her want to share and go public about her journey as a designer and her swimwear line, IslandGal boutique – which launched summer of 2015.

Introducing Elizabeth Morelos

Elizabeth Morelos graduated at Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a Bachelors in Fashion Design and Technology, and a diploma in Fashion Marketing. With regards to her interest in fashion, she had a little help and inspiration from her aunt who helped her sew her pieces. Of course, she eventually learned and started sewing her own pieces while finishing her studies.

Elizabeth is from the Philippines Islands, so evidently she loves the beach and sun. So when she pursued her dream as a fashion designer, instantly she knew she wanted to continue constructing swim garments. For this reason, she did a swimwear collection for her final graduation project. She went into doing this last project with the intentions to try ideas and concepts. In this case, she pushed this idea of being a swimwear designer forward, thinking it might actually take root. After graduation, Morelos had devoted her time in design – that is until she hit a fork in the road. She was ready to explore different avenues of her life. Therefore, she resigned from her job as a designer after working for 5 years. Once the decision was made, Morelos drive to change things up and determination to go a different way brought her to the path of the health and fitness industry; while at the same time opening up an even bigger world for her in the fashion industry. With that said, she reached a conclusion where she wanted to work at a place where she could incorporate both health and design. Elizabeth had a vision, and so it wasn’t too long until she landed a position at Lululemon Athletica. For her, Lululemon gave her the opportunity to work  as a designer and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Fast forward a year later, she decided to revamp her swimwear collection and start a brand. Although, this can be a challenge for some designers, for Morelos it was just combining two words together. The word”island” which represents her hometown, and “gal” which is what her boyfriend refers her to; simple and meaningful. That is how Islandgal Boutique was born. Elizabeth made it clear that she got a lot of help from friends and family. In fact, she strongly believes in supporting our community, representing Vancouver, and showcasing local work. To Morelos, it is equally important to give back to those who helped her put together her line from head to toe. In fact, she continues to work closely with locals when working on upcoming shows for Islandgal Boutique, and offers opportunities for collaboration when she can.

The birth of Islandgal and VANSWIM

As mentioned above, Elizabeth Morelos presented Islandgal Boutique a year after working for Lululemon. She mentions, it was after her 6 month mark at lulu where she started doing her passion projects for swimwear. Referring back to the interview, she shares with me how VANSWIM was established. Having her speak about her thought process was both motivating and inspiring. Below is a small fragment of Morelos interview when talking about inventing a fashion show for the reason to want to show off her swimwear collection. She says,

“…one of the projects was to take on something that both challenged me, and excited me, and scared me all at once. So I was like, I launched Islandgal…how am I going to take it to the next level? and because my background is design, why don’t I launch a fashion show?”

So in just in a matter of time, Vancouver Fashion Swimwear was established and Elizabeth Morelos immediately shared her pieces to the public; along with other local designers here in the west coast which whom she shares the floor with. This was Morelos way to promote her brand and take it up a notch!

More about Islandgal Boutique and their bikinis and swimsuits… 

ISLANDGAL BOUTIQUE is 100% Canadian and works with local vendors, supporting local companies. Elizabeth Morelos also partners up with local graphic designers for prints, and all her models are mainly through friends and connections.

Her swimwear line is catered to petite women with A and B cup sizes. Ladies who are looking for: lifts, enhancements, sexy cuts, and a perfect fit that makes you look flattering and feel sexy on the beach.





Written by: Kelly Gonzalez