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Award Winning Documentary: Equal Means Equal (Igual Es Igual)

World Premiere of the award-winning documentary,

Equal Means Equal (Igual Es Igual)
Spanish Screening

Friday Evening
6:00 PM

Plaza De Coltura Y Artes
501 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join in for a night of film, dance, art exhibit, food, vendors and most importantly of all education and empowerment for the Los Angeles Latina community.

 To RSVP Please Click On the Link Below




Fawksie1 & Dj Ethos//No Artificial Flavors//Album Release Party

West Up Los Angeles! So proud to announce our girl from the NELA Fawksie One debut a long awaited Album “No Artificial Flavors” Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at the Kaos Network located at 4343 Leimert Blvd. Los Angeles, Califas 90008. Hosted by Abstract Rude and live performances by Vel the Wonder.

Cd’s 20$ (portion of each purchase of the album will be donated to Maternal Mental Health Now an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to Postpartum Depression ♥)

5$ Donation at the door (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds) But we must support this community space!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

The last project I put out was May 2012 //LOVE SICK// and before that //DON’T TAKE ME LIGHTLY// October 2010. I also have become a Mother in between this period of time suffered and survived a horrible postpartum depression… amongst other setbacks …anyway lol I’m back with mo fiyah! I really want to bring together the Hip-Hop community for this event combining the elements and basking in the beauty of it all as one! So come one come all MC’s, DJ’s, B-Boys & Girls, Pop lockers, Graffiti Writers, Beat makers and creative and conscious minds LET’S GET DOWN and celebrate my blood sweat and tears! FAWKSIE ONE

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12-10-16 NELA ART WALK!

Come thru and show your support. Purchase some dope art right before the Holidays! See you all at there!

Zeppelin Music- 5030 York Blvd. Highland Park, Ca. 90042 12pm-9pm
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Fawksie 1- Concrete Rose- NELA

I’m just a Concrete Rose—Dope Song by NELA’s Finest Fawksie One- Love You Sister Por Vida



Legends Never Die @ Mi Vida NELA Art Walk June 13, 2015

Keeping our Cultura alive and our Legends Immortal. Once again at the famous NELA Art Walk this Saturday, June 13, 2015. Mi Vida’s Boutique “Legends Never Die” show will be paying homage to various legends so you do not want to miss how the West Coast pays their respects to those that have earned it. Mi Vida will have special live performances and music by Unic of the Funkfreaks.

Mi Vida is located at 5159 York Blvd. Highland Park, California 90042

As always, you will find us there supporting our Primas from Mi Vida so stop by and show your respects to Legends as well as giving love to Mi Vida on this new journey of representing our Chicano/a Cultura like always!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

legends never die

Women’s History Month-Mi Vida

Mi Vida Front Store

There is no greater accomplishment for a business owner to genuinely care for their Mexican-American culture, customer satisfaction and mission as an advocate for the Arts to remain alive in their local neighborhood. Our featured nomination for Women’s History Month is the ladies from Mi Vida Boutique in Highland Park, California.

Mi Vida Boutique is located at 5159 York Blvd, Highland Park, California. This is a historical city for many Latinos since the late 1950’s; it was a canvas for artists, muralist and graffiti writers and still has its landmarks throughout the city aside to the devastating gentrification that has affected the Latino community. This is why Mi Vida is such an important part in the NELA (Northeast Los Angeles). It is still striving for uniqueness and keeping Chicano/a culture alive.

Mi Vida has been operating since 2008, and one of its sole purposes is to help local, upcoming and established artists into exhibiting their works, sell their products as well as providing opportunities of networking and exposure. If you have not visited this shop you must! As you walk in, the lovely ladies treat you as if you are part of their family.  I have been supporting anything these ladies envision for years now and they will forever have my loyalty and support. Some of the best fond memories with these ladies have been since they moved to the Highland Park location. The NELA Art Walk was barely rising; they were the last ones on the block of the art walk and not a lot of spectators around. But we all kept on showing up and kept supporting any ideas Las Primas (cousins) Noelle and Danell had. As the neighborhood began to change and more Latinos owners disappeared; Mi Vida stood their ground and kept supporting the Arts. They have strengthen their image as advocates for the Chicano Culture as well as uplifting women of all kinds on sharing their art, poetry, fashion and vocals.

Mi Vida began with a vision of owning a place where they can help artists grow creatively and financially; they gave birth to a place where artist communities can depend on. For over seven years, Mi Vida has made a huge impact in the city of Los Angeles; they have brought back traditions and values to women as well as the importance of keeping alive the Chicana experience. I remember one of the heart-warming shows they did on August10, 2013, the NELA Art Walk Kids Gallery. This specific event marked an important step into molding their image and taking in the responsibility of being a place open not only for artists, but mothers, fathers, siblings as well as children. At this point, we all knew Mi Vida was becoming more than just a boutique, it was a place for all of us as a community to gather and grow culturally and consciously.

Check out the recap of the NELA Art Walk Kids


The women that run this place are strong, creative and have a passion for their culture. They show respect to everybody that comes into their establishment but most importantly; humble and willing to work hard with their community. These women are a leading example that with hard work and dedication you can become an establishment artists and community members trust and are proud to look up. A venue for many of us to enjoy art shows and any other creative forms of representation of the Chicano/a Culture and traditions; keeping it vivid for more generations to come.

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

Las Primas from Mi Vida

“Mi Vida is an independent boutique and gallery that has provided a space for local artists to showcase and sell their products since 2008. We are dedicated to promoting a lifestyle that is true to our Mexican American culture. Our boutique is filled with unique, colorful, handmade goods that empower our supporters._-Mi Vida

www.shopmivida.com @shopmivida

 Our store is operated by the following team of people:

Noelle Reyes and Danell Hughes = Owners

Jacquelin Reyes = Lead Salesperson

Adriana Serrato = Graphic Designer

Jude Garcia = Salesperson/Model

Dominic Ochoa = In House Logo Designer

Lisa Rocha = In House Jewelry Designer

Mi Vida Event




Mi Vida On Chicano Soul @ NELA Art Walk!

What best way to start the New Year 2015 but to be on the right state of mind-representing and respecting our Chicano/a Culture here in the beautiful city of Angels with an exquisite and soulful photography exhibit of our Brown and Proud Chicano/a Cultura.

I always show my love and 100% support to the Primas and ladies at Mi Vida. So please come and show your love and support too for this upcoming NELA Art Walk at Mi Vida Boutique which is located at 5159 York Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90042. The exhibit will begin at 7:00pm thru 11:00pm. Make sure you come dress to impress and show your most firme style.

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

Mi Vida

SertLA @ Mi Vida Boutique NELA Art Walk!

Our Dear Friend SERTLA will be exhibiting at the NELA Art Walk with my Primas from Mi Vida Boutique!

SertLA is notorious for his iconic LA symbols all across our cities and pretty dope Graffiti Skills so you cannot miss this event.

This Saturday August 9, 2014 7:00pm-11:00pm at Mi Vida Boutique 5159 York Blvd. Highland Park, California 90042.

Support your locan artists and local hustlers and pushers for our Art Community, love what Mi Vida is doing for our NELA Art Community; we are all proud on how you are maintaining the Urban Cultura! Show Your Support  & See You All There!

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon


Teen Angels Magazine Art Show -Mi Vida Boutique @ NELA ART WALK

I am always happy to see my Primas from Mi Vida Boutique hosting cool, cultural art shows in our NELA community, we need more venues like this supporting our Chicana/o and Latinos Artists! With that being said, please come down for the Teen Angels Magazine Art Show which will e held on the June 14, 2014 NELA Art Walk at 5159 York Blvd. Highland Park, California 90042. 7:00pm-11:00pm. Mi Vida will be celebrating the release of issue #233!

Don’t miss out on a great show, music and you will also get to enjoy other galleries and shops displaying other artists and genres as well.


See you all there!

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon


NELA Kids Art Show @ Mi Vida

On August 10, 2013, Mi Vida Boutique showcased such a heart-felt and original art show for the local kids in the Northeast Los Angeles. Ages that range from 2 to 18 years of age. And I am very happy to share with you all how very special this evening was, not only because of its originality and exposure to great little artists in such an exclusive way, sharing their Arte at the NELA Art Walk but also because it was my daughter’s First Art Show! Go Lil Frida ❤

For those of you who are not familiar with the NELA art walk is an Art event that takes place on the 2nd. Saturday of the month.  On York Blvd from Avenue 50 down to Avenue 54 in Highland Park, CA. The majority of the local businesses open and throw art shows, sell arts and crafts allowing residents and visitors enjoy the night-life with open bars, fine dining and of course music. I remember a few years back while visiting one of my favorite places in the NELA, Mi Vida Boutique Shop which is located in 5159 York Blvd.  Highland Park, California 90042, the NELA Art walk was just beginning and there was not as much traffic as there is now and it is very exciting to see how much it has grown and how much support this city is receiving from the public.

The gorgeous ladies from Mi Vida, ladies who I love and support in any possible way I can, have been sharing their space with great artists from different genres, and this night they decided to bring something to the masses which will conclude the summer for most kids and what way to end it then by throwing their own Art show before going back to school.

The little ones were so cute and professional about their work; I was amazed at some of the painting’s subject matters, from politics, to nature, anime comics and scary creatures like the one Frida did. It just proves to us all that our children are sponges and they are strongly influenced by their surroundings, and their parent’s teaching also. When a child paints, their creativity has no limit and we are all blessed to witness what crosses their minds. Whether it is an elaborate art piece or not; it has an ingredient that most of us as adults can lose at times due to the rat race and routines we are accustomed. And it is the pureness of doing something as daring as presenting to the world what they like or feel without any fears of judgment, rejection or failure; the freedom to be themselves and enjoying every minute of it. And I think this is why this little show was so special because being able to witness how proud they were of their art as well as seeing their families and friend being so supportive, it was very refreshing and promising to see what the future will look like for these young generation of artists.

With all that being said please enjoy the picture gallery of the NELA Art Walk and I encourage all of you to influence your children with Art every day! Pay attention to their interests and support them!

 I am very proud of our Lil Frida for taking part of this special evening, as she became an Official Artist at the NELA Art Walk by selling her First Piece….the world is your momma. We love you!  

Thank you Primas from Mi Vida for doing something so special and to everybody that made it happen.

With love always,

Monica Smiles Tobon