NTNA – CND Challenge – Part 5 – Toile

NTNA - CND Challenge - Part 5 - Toile

The meaning of toile is a prototype or test garment/item. From the inspirational images we received, toile (the linen fabric) is used to determine the right flow, fit, and finish of the garment. So with that in mind, I have interpreted toile in this set of nails as a prototype for a design I envision. I have used some fabric to create flow, but have also used the very basics of nail products to create the prototype. I have decided to take a risk and adjust my color palette to the basics (nudes and white) as one would do in clothing, to focus on the design itself, its movement, its flow. This would be the test design, the color selection would come later. I hope you enjoy the flow of my toile and experience the various possibilities it offers within the elements of layering and movement.

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Getting Started Competing

: India Paulino of the USA poses in the Women's Bikini

Thinking about competing, but aren’t sure how to get started or where to find information? Well, I’m here to help! Before I began competing, I remember looking at contest photos from the National Physique Committee (NPC) in the pages of Muscle & Fitness Hers and Flex magazine. I was in awe of the amazing physiques. I thought to myself, “I want to do that. I want to look like that!”

So, where did I start? I went online and typed in NPCNewsOnline.com to look for more information on this organization that had piqued my interest. I was thrilled to find everything I needed on one website. All of my questions were answered, and I got to see so many contest photos, fitness photos from shoots done by J.M. Manion, and interviews from various athletes, both NPC and IFBB competitors. Everything I needed was at my fingertips!

I looked at the NPC show schedule and saw there was a show coming up in my area, so I decided to go for it. I knew that I wanted to be a part of the NPC and I’m so glad that I did become a part of it—one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! In my opinion, this is the best and largest bodybuilding organization by far. The professionalism and the people behind it are truly admirable. I wouldn’t go anywhere else, ever. Starting here can lead to earning your professional card and then becoming part of the IFBB where you have the opportunity to compete in the two most prestigious shows in bodybuilding, the IFBB Olympia and the Arnold Classic. Talk about amazing. The NPC is it people! So, if you want to get your fitness journey started, visit NPCNewsOnline.com. Get familiar with what the NPC—and this sport—has to offer. You can get posing help from the instructional posing videos that are on the website for the different divisions. I shot one for the Bikini division, which is narrated by Head Judge, Sandy Williamson. Check out upcoming events that you may want to attend such as NPC Seminars, which are so good to go to. Look at the show schedules for upcoming shows in your area. Before you are able to compete you will need an NPC card, just fill out the application which you can find under the “About” section on the website. Pick a show, register and get ready for an awesome journey!

Check out the NPC clothing. They have really cute stuff for men and women. Their website is npc-wear.com.

Also, if you are looking to book a photo shoot since you will be in the shape of your life, make sure to book with J.M Manion. Visit his website here: jimmanion.com.

I hope this helped a bit.

Until next time,
Love, India Paulino

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Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept previews next year’s hydrogen SUV

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A production version is set to launch in early 2018.

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Nike Announces Performance Hijab For Muslim Women On The Move!

Way to go, Nike!

While Donald Trump is trying to ban Muslims, the sports giant decided they’d try to swoop in and give them a hand!

With the new Nike Pro Hijab, Muslim women can stay active without sacrificing their beliefs. The material is opaque but full of tiny, invisible holes for better breathability — so the head doesn’t overheat!

Related: Nike Has FINALLY Launched Its First Ever Plus Size Range!

Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari (above, center), who has been sporting a prototype, said in a statement:

“I was thrilled and a bit emotional to see Nike prototyping a Hijab. I’ve tried so many different hijabs for performance, and … so few of them actually work for me. But once I put it on and took it for a spin on the ice, I was blown away by the fit and the light weight.”

So cool! Whether you believe in Islam or the Greek goddess of victory, women should be comfortable!

What do YOU think of the Pro Hijab?

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No Comment From Union City Mayor On Criticism Of Fire Dept. In Devastating Blaze

UNION CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The mayor of Union City, New Jersey aimed some criticism at the city’s fire department, over its response time to a deadly and destructive fire this past weekend.

As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported, the mayor evaded CBS2’s cameras when pressed for an explanation.

As firefighters were trying to extinguish the vicious flames on Summit Avenue early Saturday morning that killed Eddie Gonzalez Jr., 5, burning embers also spread through the wind to Saints Joseph and Michael Church. The steeple was ignited and ended up toppling down as an even bigger fire raged.

It left the pastor of the church, the Rev. Aro Nathan, devastated. But he still praised the firefighters’ efforts.

“They did what they were able to do that particular night,” Nathan said.

Leading the massive response was North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, a department responsible for five towns – including Union City. On Monday, published reports quoted Union City Mayor Brian Stack as saying he is not happy with its response time to the church.

CBS2’s Bauman asked to go in and talk to Stack on Monday, seeking to find out why he was not satisfied when the pastor was. But the mayor avoided CBS2’s cameras, with his assistant asking as a gatekeeper.

“He’s meeting with fire victims,” the assistant said.

North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue said it “redirected personnel to the scene from the Summit Avenue fire, called additional alarms and requested mutual aid, making every effort to respond as quickly as possible.”

“I don’t know, but I they really think they did the best they could,” said parishioner John Deluca.

So CBS2’s crew waited and knocked, but the mayor would not tell CBS2 on camera what he thought the department should have done differently.

Stack’s assistant said the mayor stands by his statements, and she said “it wasn’t a criticism of firefighters; it was a criticism of administration.”

Fire and Rescue officials said they are reviewing their response time.

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Ciara Bares All and Talks Upcoming Album with ‘Harper’s Bazaar ‘[Pictures]

Ciara has been a busy woman, besides being a mother to baby Future, pregnant with twins and wife to an NFL player; she’s also working on a new album.

In a new feature for Harper’s Bazaar, the singer lets her baby bump steal the show as she poses with her adorable two-year-old son, Future Jr. Removing herself from the seemingly squashed issues with rapper Future, CiCi shouts out her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, for being her personal cheerleader and a great support through her quest to conquer it all.

“If someone’s not supporting you and your vision and your dreams — whether it’s your relationship partner, your friend, whomever, then you’ve got to make sure to keep it moving,” she said. “If people aren’t lifting you up, even if you’re the strongest person in the world, eventually it does chip away at you. You don’t even realize that you’re losing yourself. And that’s the scariest place to be in life… I don’t want to lose myself. I love myself too much. I love life too much.”

Ciara also revealed why internet beefs aren’t her thing and why she shies away from comparisons between herself, Rihanna and Beyonce.

“There’s this unspoken word: love,” CiCi said. “When you meet successful powerful women, you show each other love, because it is a tough environment.”

In regards to her new album, much like the deets of her pregnancy, Ciara is keeping things under wraps. The self-proclaimed “army brat” said her seventh album via Warner Bros. Records is going to “make the world dance,” which is her overall goal.

Despite the excitement she feels as an artist with a new album on the way, nothing can top the sheer joy she feels regarding her life right now.

“I’m just super excited about this time in my life. Like, Oh my gosh, I can see my son running around, and soon it’s going to be two of these creatures running around!” she said. “Our hands will be full of non-stop action.”

Check out the full interview in its entirety here and pictures from the shoot below.

Ciara via Haper's Bazaar

Ciara via Haper's Bazaar

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WATCH: The Rock’s Sweat Soaked Workout

When it comes to hitting the gym, no one out-trains The Rock. In this recent video released from Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions, we are treated to a glimpse of The People’s Champion getting into beast-mode for a classic Rock workout. No fancy equipment, complicated exercises or candy-ass classes, just the bare bone basics for a Rock-solid physique. 

SEE ALSO: Why You Shouldn’t Punch The Rock 

“Blood, sweat and respect. The first two you give, the last one you earn. Let’s get out and earn it…daily,” says The Rock before a montage of him crushing a sweat-soaked workout. Those words pretty much sum up Johnson’s philosophy when it comes to training. Give it all you’ve got, every time and the results will follow. 

SEE ALSO: The Rock’s Back Workout

If you’re looking for a little inspiration or that extra motivation to push yourself to the next level, then crank up the volume on this vid, grab some weights and get to work. If you have trouble getting off the ground when it’s all over, then you’ve done it right brother

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Trucker cat rides 400 miles the hard way

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Percy the cat had to endure a 400-mile ride beneath the truck.

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