Kai’s 1st Birthday!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 0 1

Kais birthday Kai Berar and parents

 

Hello everyone! How are y’all doing? Can you believe it’s been an entire year since I posted about our trip to San Diego when Kai was born? Time flies wayyy too fast sometimes. If you follow me on snap you would’ve seen the behind the scenes of the party we threw for his 1st birthday at Sagan banquet hall in Mississauga. Talk about a fun night. My brother & sister in-law went with a Hawaiian theme for the party since they are obsessed with Hawaii. Who can blame them! I’m just looking forward to having a crash pad in Maui one day haha ;)

 

Kais birthday Entrance table

 

Onto the party! The lobby was decorated with Kai’s monthly birthday pics. Will never get over how adorable he is. We had so much fun getting ready for the party. I did my mom and Dipti’s makeup and we all got our hair done by Fefe in Milton. It had been so long since we had good quality girl time with Dipti so it was really nice to catch up :)

 

Kais birthday Leis

 

Derek and I greeted the guests as they came in. So fun to see everyone and catch up! The kids were all given lei’s to wear to go with the theme. So fun.

 

Kais birthday Deepa and Derek

 

The hubs and I. Yes I’m one of those cheesy folks that likes to be somewhat matching so I made sure he wore a grey shirt lol. He’s such a good sport! I wore MAC Girl About Town lipstick, the Modern Renaissance palette on my eyes and NYX Wicked lashes in Exposed. Have you guys tried NYX lashes? They’ve got a great range of styles and so inexpensive!! I got Fefe to put a bunch of extensions in my hair as it’s been a minute since I had a full head of hair. It felt really nice.

 

Kais birthday Decorations Sagan Mississauga

 

The tables were decorated with Hawaiian flowers and green napkins to tie in the theme. Don’t you just love a themed party? So festive & fun!

 

Kais birthday Grandparents

 

My parents in front of the backdrop. Dan & Dipti wanted everyone to take fun pics so they had all these props and we put up this backdrop.

 

Kais birthday Kai Berar

 

The man of the hour!! Love that he wore an Indian outfit. He looked like a little prince! Fun fact- Dan & Dipti’s wedding had a purple & gold theme, cute little tie in.

 

Kais birthday Hawaiian Dancers

 

The Hawaiian dancers. They really got the party going! All the kids gathered around to watch and then participated. The dancers did a great job of including the kids and getting them to do fun dances. Dan and Kai had a little solo bit at the end. Kai was such a good sport! My brother is not a little guy, he’s actually 6’4″ and Kai was not scared at all being up so high on his shoulders.

 

Kais birthday Family

 

The fam! All in all it was such a fun night. We didn’t do a lot of dancing as most of us hadn’t seen each other in a while so it was a lot of talking (& drinking of course!) but we all had such a great time. Family parties are the best!

 

Kais birthday Dhillon Sisters

 

Here are my cousins Seema, Sweety, her daughter Jasleen and Preethi. Love Jasleen’s pose in this pic ;)

 

Kais birthday Alisha Sood

 

My mom and my cousin Alisha Sood. Alisha was one of the finalists on Masterchef Canada! She is such an amazing cook and did a great job on the show. We are all so proud of her. If you haven’t watched her season, you have to! She handled herself so well :)

Until the next one..

 

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All About the AIP Diet

Friday, June 16, 2017 0 0

All about the AIP Diet

 

Hope you guys are all doing well! What’s everyone’s summer plans? I am so excited because my bestie will be here tomorrow night! I get 8 glorious weeks of girl chat, makeovers, wine nights and shopping, can not wait! Ok, ok, onto the post. So you guys have asked me a TON of questions about the AIP diet which is what I follow for Alopecia. I would say I was 95% strict AIP for about 2 months and then not so strict and now on a modified version and about 90% strict at this point.

 

Hey if you didn’t grow up eating the healthiest it takes time to get used to eating this way, so don’t beat yourself up if it’s tough to stick to. No one is perfect, but as long as you keep trying I promise you it gets easier and easier.

 

So what is AIP exactly?
 

It’s the Auto Immune Paleo Diet. The rules are as follows:

 

AIP Diet Rules

 

I know it seems really restrictive, but I promise you there is a lot that you can eat and it doesn’t have to be boring. It’s a lot of protein and veggies, some fruit and you just have to get a little creative in the kitchen. Which is what we did. Derek being a personal chef and all, he was totally my lifeline throughout it. He taught me how to add a ton of flavour without compromising the rules. If you want I will share some of our recipes with you guys.

 

I know you’ve asked for What I Eat in a Day videos, and we will be working on some for you all very soon. So anyways, I had to find hacks and things that helped me get through it and decided to put my top tips on surviving the AIP diet into a video for you guys, and here it is:

 

 

Let me know if you have any questions about AIP!

 

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Our Wedding Part 2!

Thursday, June 8, 2017 2 5

Deepa Berar Wedding Deepa and Derek LaVelle

 

Hellooo people! How’s everyone’s summer going so far? I know technically it’s not summer yet, but don’t tell the weather that because it is beautiful outside! So as I promised in our first wedding post, I have part 2 of our wedding for you all! We had the ceremony on April 13th, but the reception won’t be until later in July. Kai’s party was the day after the wedding and we didn’t want to take away from it so we decided to do the big party later in the summer. But. We did do a small lunch reception after the ceremony and here are the pics!

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Jewelry

 

Who else is obsessed with hand jewelry? I can’t get enough! This piece is from India, I just love how big and blinged out is and how it totally goes with the henna design. I found a similar one for you guys here.

 

Check out my handsome hubby!! I’m so lucky :) Not only is he tall and handsome and all that fun stuff, but he is one of the kindest, most considerate, fun people I’ve ever met. Oh and I was obsessed with the boutonniere we picked out for him, I opted for a maroon calla lily instead of a rose cause it just looks so chic!

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Chef Derek LaVelle

 

This definitely wasn’t your traditional wedding at all. We opted to have lunch at Tandoori Flame restaurant in Mississauga instead of traditional langar. If you guys are in the Toronto area, you have to check them out. It’s a buffet style restaurant and the food is so, so good and they have so much selection! Plus the decor is gorgeous, we booked one of the rooms just for our friends & family.

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Toast

 

We did a little toast with everyone which was nice. Here’s my cousin Juhi raising a glass :)

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Juhi Atwal Toast

 

We all ate till we were stuffed! The great thing about indian food is there is so much selection that is gluten and dairy free, there’s no shortage of things to eat. Plus there’s so much flavour in everything.

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Tandoori Flame Mississauga

 

If you’ve been to an Indian wedding, you’ll know that at some point the bride and groom take pics with each family there. Ours was no exception. I’d love to post every pic for you guys, but this blog post would never end haha. So here’s one of Derek and I and my family. Doesn’t Kai look adorable as usual??

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Berar Family

 

The paparazzi were out! Kidding, it’s my aunt ;)

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Pimmi Chachi

 

Everyone kept trying to steal Kai, Monique was probably the most successful at keeping him occupied. Doesn’t he look so cute in his outfit?! I wanna eat those cheeks!!

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Monique Berar and Kai

 

Loved this pic that the photographer got. Everyone was such a good sport! We had such a great time that day, can not wait for the reception!! Hope you guys enjoyed this post ;)

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Family

 

Talking Wedding Beauty on CHCH Morning Live!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 0 0

bridal beauty trends with Deepa Berar on chch morning live

 

We are continuing the wedding beauty trend discussion with my latest appearance on CHCH Morning Live!  Guys, these TV appearances are so fun to do. Lots of work, lots of coordinating and lots of planning, but so much fun. My CH fam are always so fun to work with and host Annette Hamm helps keep these segments so fun and fast moving!

 

Goody Fountain Flip Make Up For Ever Ultra HD

 

We did a hair demo and a makeup demo this time and talked about the hottest wedding beauty trends for 2017. You guys are going to LOVE the hair demo, we used the Fountain Flip kit from Goody and it is literally so, so easy to use and makes your hair look all fancy and stuff ;)

For the makeup we talked Make Up For Ever skin boosters and Ultra HD products which are so good especially for weddings. Loving the HD Foundation sticks, we did a little contour demo with those and talked about how to help your makeup artist make your skin look its best for the big day.

 

Goody Hair and Make Up For Ever on CHCH Morning Live

 

If you guys follow me on snap (@deepaberar) you would’ve seen a little behind the scenes from the day. So fun.

To watch the video, click here.

Wedding Hair Tutorial: Bride or Bridesdmaid

Monday, June 5, 2017 0 0

Goody Amp it Up Hair Kit

Guys! I have a really, really fun video for you all today! Not only is it a super easy to recreate wedding hair tutorial, but it features one of my best friends, Jaclyn Colville.

 

Jaclyn Colville Puppy

 

You might remember Jackie from our Bella Trois days. She’s honestly such a sweetheart, one of the nicest people I have ever met. We had a total blast recording this as we were doing a little photoshoot at her place before hand. Ok a major photoshoot to freshen up our blogs, so watch out for that soon! The pics are amazing. My fav part was shooting her and her dog Petie. He is beyond adorable. I want (are you paying attention Derek?!).

 

Goody Amp it Up Brush

 

Back to the wedding hair! Goody just released a new brush collection, Amp It Up, which is perfect for your full, voluminous hairstyles. Whenever you style your hair in any sort of updo or whatever look you are creating that requires volume, it’s always a good idea to blow dry it first with a round brush. Even if it’s already dry, it just adds a polished look to the hair and a little extra lift.

 

Goody Brush and Comb Set

 

Guys you know how much of a fan I am of the Goody Simple Styles hair kits, they are the easiest things to use in the world, my fav has to be the Spin Pins kit. Two pin you corkscrew into your hair and it holds your bun in place. Genius.

 

Goody Spin Pins

 

Here’s the video!

 

 

Have you guys tried any of their kits? What are your favs?

Secret Deep Beauty Facebook Group

Monday, May 29, 2017 0 0

Deep Beauty Facebook Group

 

How’s everyone doing on this last Monday of May?! I am loving the fact that June is around the corner, 2 reasons, a) June=summer & b) My bestie is coming to town!! Yup, all the way from Melbourne, Australia, I get her for 8 glorious weeks! Can not wait to share our adventures with you guys. Also, can not wait to fill you guys in on my next project..the Secret Deep Beauty Facebook group!!

 

You guys know I’ve been working with Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential for over a year now and she has inspired me to connect and help you guys on a deeper level. Which is where the idea for the Facebook group started.

 

Deepa Berar and Lauryn Evarts

 

I wanted to create a space for all us gals to connect and share our trials & tribulations and how we got through some of the more unpleasant things in life. Like I was saying on our last Instagram live, I feel like sometimes in our culture (from what I’ve experienced at least) people can put up this image of perfection as if nothing ever goes wrong. No one wants to admit their flaws or be vulnerable, which at the end of the day doesn’t do anyone any good.

 

We are all sitting here suffering in silence when we could be helping lift and support one another.

 

I dunno about you guys but I am soooo over it all. That’s why I’m starting this group, so that we can have a safe, private (it’ll be a closed group & WOMEN only) place to share our struggles and reach out for support.

 

So watch out for that guys, it’ll be starting June 1st anddd, there will be a GIVEAWAY!! I’ll be choosing a winner from the 1st 50 people to join, and trust me you’ll definitely want to enter. Giveaway details will be posted in the group June 1st, I’ll be posting a link to the group on my Facebook Page.

 

Can’t wait to connect with you all a little bit deeper!

Alopecia Update 9 Months

Friday, May 26, 2017 0 0

Alopecia Update 9 Months Deepa Berar

 

New vid up for you guys! So it’s been 9 months now since my Alopecia first started and since then you guys have been requesting an update video on how things are going. So I listened and recorded an alopecia update video with how things are going now, what I’ve been doing to grow my hair back and modifications I’ve made to the AIP diet.

 

For those of you that don’t know about the Auto Immune Paleo Approach book by Dr Sarah Ballantyne, it’s been a game changer for sure. It’s full of all sorts of scientifically rooted facts about how the body reacts to foods that cause inflammation. Definitely worth a read if you are going through auto immune issues.

 

The Paleo Approach

 

Other than that, I’m sharing all of the vitamins/supplements I’ve been taking with you below. Like I mentioned in the video, when the alopecia first started it seemed like I was at Whole Foods picking up something new every week! Anything to help grow my hair back, which is now finally happening so I figured I’d share my vitamin list with you all in hopes that it could help.

 

Supplements:
Ashwagandha

Iron

B12

Vitamin D

Zinc

Biotin

BioSil

Probiotics

MultiVitamin

L Glutamine

Omegas

Here’s the video. Like I mention in the video, I’m here if you have any questions or need to just talk about what you’ve been going through. Don’t hesitate to comment below ;)

 

Our Wedding Pt 1!

Friday, May 19, 2017 2 1

Derek and Deepa LaVelle

 

Ok ok I know I promised you guys a wedding post and it’s only taken a month (5 weeks and 1 day to be exact but who’s counting). Life’s been a bit busy can ya blame me! I’m currently sitting in sunny San Diego, enjoying the warm weather, the sunshine and dying for Derek to get back from work so we can hit the beach!

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Chanjara

 

So let’s go back to April 13th, the day I officially became Mrs. LaVelle :) You are not gonna believe how crazy that day was! I literally picked Derek up from the airport at 6:30am, brought him home so he could shower and then whisked him off away to the licensing office to pick up our marriage license!

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Derek LaVelle

 

He was such a trooper. As long as you get some coffee in him with the promise of beer later on, he is good to go haha. Honestly, I have no idea how I got so lucky, he’s always such a good sport and up for pretty much anything!

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Deepa and Derek LaVelle

 

We headed to Dunwin Gurdwara in Mississauga, Ontario. It was Vaisakhi, but luckily we were able to book a hall for the ceremony. Derek wanted to wear the whole traditional outfit with the achkan (knee length jacket & fitted leggings) and pagg (turban). I have to say, I have never seen a more perfectly done pagg on a groom before in my life. The man who tied it did such an amazing job!

 

Derek had never been to a sikh wedding before so I sent him a bunch of youtube videos that explain the whole ceremony. It’s so great that videos like that exist! If you guys are looking for one, here’s the best one I found.

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Dunwin Gurdwara

 

I walked into the hall with my brother, sister in-law and nephew. Honestly guys, this was the most low-key, casual Indian wedding I’ve ever been to and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Father passing Chunni

 

Once we were seated, my Dad came over and handed me one end of the chunni (scarf) Derek was wearing. Derek held onto the other end and you aren’t supposed to let go until the ceremony is completed. Both of us held onto that chunni so tight!

 

After that we completed the 4 lavan which is where you walk around our holy book clockwise 4 times with each round signifying a part of the marital union. Derek was a pro! I was so proud of him. The last lavan had me a little emotional, I was just so happy and grateful to have him in my life :)

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Derek signing

 

After the lavan were completed we signed the official documents. Here’s Derek signing his life away haha!

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Kai with the wedding rings

 

We then exchanged wedding rings. Isn’t Kai just the cutest little ring bearer you’ve ever seen in your life? We were literally so distracted by his cuteness! He didn’t want to give us the boxes lol. Guess that’s what happens when you give a toy to a baby and then try to take it away.

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Exchanging wedding rings

 

After we exchanged rings, Derek made his first official appearance on my social media. We opted for good old Snapchat :)

 

Deepa Berar Wedding Deepa and Derek

 

I had to break this post down into 2 parts as there are just so many pictures to share with you guys! Also I promise I will have a wedding makeup tutorial up for you guys soon. Have a great weekend everyone!

My Bachelorette Party Makeup Tutorial

Thursday, May 18, 2017 0 0

Deepa Berar Bachelorette Makeup Tutorial

 

Hello Deep Beauty fam! I’m back with another tutorial for you guys cause I know you’ve been wanting a makeup one for so long (I get so distracted by the deep beauty stuff!). This is the look I promised you, my bachelorette party makeup.

 

As you might recall I posted a recap of our bachelorette night out & about in Toronto. Such a fun night and so unexpected! Thanks again to all family & friends for making a gal feel special :)

 

I used some of my fav products to create this look and I wanted to tie my bachelorette and wedding makeup together somehow so they are a play off of each other. You guys have been requesting a tutorial on that look as well which I promise I’ll post soon enough! I’ll have to record it when I get back to Burlington as my outfit is at home.

 

Onto the products used in this video!

Eyes:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance paletteNYX Epic Ink Liner

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

NYX Wicked Lashes in Exposed

Face:

MAC Pro Conceal & Correct palette

Stellar Limitless Foundation in S11

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

L’Oreal Infallible Paints/Blush Palette

Lips:

MAC Lip Pencil in Vino

Too Faced Melted Matte liquid lip in On Point

Here’s the video!

 

 

Question for you guys! Are you more into a red lip or a dark lip?

 

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Ladies Night in Burlington

Saturday, May 13, 2017 0 1

Deepa Berar Ladies Night

 

Hope you guys are having a fantastic weekend so far! I am currently at the airport waiting to board a flight back to San Diego to visit the hubby for a couple of weeks! Can not wait to see him :) So if you follow me on snap, you would’ve seen our ladies night in Burlington last weekend. My friends Jasmina & Kaitryn have milestone birthdays this year so we went out to celebrate!

 

Ladies Night Wine

 

If you guys recall I mentioned letting you into my world so I’ve decided to share posts on my adventures out and about! This post took place in my hometown, Burlington, Ontario, Canada. I was born in Hamilton which is one city over but we moved to Burlington when I was 5 and I’ve lived there pretty much ever since. It’s such a great city, so pretty and clean and the people are so kind, I feel very fortunate to have grown up here :)

 

Ladies Night Martini Honey West

 

Not to mention that it’s consistently rated in the top 3 cities to live in Canada! Not a bad deal at all. Back to our girls night. My cousin Monique came over and we headed downtown to meet up with the ladies. Our first stop was Honey West for drinks. It’s a cute little spot, if you go you have to get their martinis, sooo good!

 

Ladies Night Honey West

 

The top I’m wearing is from Winner’s and the lipstick is my latest go to, Too Faced Melted Matte in Queen B. The eyes are my absolute fav palette of late, the Modern Renaissance from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I mean I don’t know of any other palette that has all killer shadows and zero fillers.

 

Ladies night Monique and Kaitryn

 

Here’s Monique & Kaitryn catching up! No girls night would be complete without a little makeup talk. Monique was showing me her recent Back 2 MAC lipstick, Purple Smoke which is a gorgeous dark purple shade.

 

Ladies Night Honey West Burlington

 

Here are Jasmina and myself. I’ve known Jasmina for years and I can say she is just one of the kindest, most caring, fun girls I’ve ever met. Totally the epitome of Deep Beauty. Her and her hubby Gil own an indoor Golf facility, FarAway Greens in Burlington which you guys have to check out if you’re close by. I’m so proud of them and all they’ve accomplished!

 

Ladies night Deepa Berar Jasmina Garbus

 

Back to the ladies night, we headed over to Downtown Bistro & Grill for dinner. I had the Bistro burger (no bun- on a bed of lettuce) with the fries. I’m not 100% on the AIP diet anymore, I’ve been working with a naturopath and she has me off gluten and my dairy intake has cut back a lot (I’m not perfect- definitely a sucker for a good charcuterie board!!). The food was great and the drinks even better!

 

We went onto the B&B downtown by the lake for dancing. Birthday shots for the ladies!

 

Ladies night B and B

 

So I have to say it. I’m officially getting old. Saying this because I was ready to head home by midnight haha. I used to be a dancing queen! Honestly, there wasn’t a dance floor I hadn’t met where I wasn’t the last person dancing. Glad we stuck around though because we would’ve missed out on Curdz..

 

Ladies Night B and B Burlington

 

Didn’t know Burlington has some good 2am spots for food! The poutine was fantastic. I had the Yolo Nacho (seriously any excuse for Mexican food) so, so good. It was gigantic, I took the leftovers home and it literally took 3 sittings to finish! Definitely recommend this place.

 

Ladies Night Curdz Burlington

 

So that was our evening! Question- when was your last ladies night and what did you guys do?

 

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