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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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.

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!

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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Friends, Family & Photoshoot Fun!

Friday, May 5, 2017 0 0

Deepa Berar Makeup Artist Freelance

 

Howdy peeps! Hope you guys are having a fantabulous day so far. Happy Cinco de Mayo to y’all! And happy weekend, it’s just a few hours away so hang in there! So I am sharing a little photoshoot fun that I had last week with my friends & family. I had the girls over to my place and did their hair & makeup and took some pics to revamp my portfolio. For those of you not in the know, I have been a professional Makeup artist for 12 years now (time flies!!).

 

Deepa Berar Makeup Brushes

 

So the idea behind the photoshoot was to update my portfolio. While I’ve done a ton of freelancing over the years, for some reason I don’t have a ton of pics of my work other than my 5 gazillion selfies on Insta haha.

 

Deepa Berar Makeup Artist

 

Jackie & Cara who you’ll remember from our Bella Trois days came over last week for some much needed catch up time. It had been almost a year since we’d all been together at the same time! Can’t believe how fast time flies, it’s crazy. Anyways it seemed like no time had past at all.

 

Deepa Berar Portfolio Jaclyn Colville 3

 

How stunning. I mean of course I immediately thought to call my Bella girls, aren’t they just so gorgeous?!

 

Deepa Berar Cara Cameron

 

Deepa Berar Portfolio Cara Cameron

 

I also had my beautiful cousins over a few days later to shoot some South Asian inspired looks (and let’s be real, any excuse to hang out with them is a good one). They looked so great! Natural born models if you ask me.

 

Deepa Berar Portfolio Mona Berar

 

Loved using the NYX glitter on these girls, NYX has so many different colours to choose from and their glitter primer is hands down my fav glitter glue.

 

Deepa Berar Portfolio Monique Berar

 

Has anyone tried the Ciate liquid velvet lip products? I used the shade Bitter Sweet on Preet below. It’s really nice cause it’s not drying at all and the colour selection is gorgeous!

 

Deepa Berar Portfolio Preet Singh

 

What do you think of the pics? You can check out more of my portfolio here, and my pricing is up here. Message me at info@deepaberar.com if you need a Makeup Artist in the Greater Toronto area ;)

 

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My Impromptu Bachelorette Party!

Thursday, April 27, 2017 0 0

Deepa Berar Bachelorette

 

Hello hello hello! Hope you’re all enjoying this unbelievably gorgeous day out there, I am currently in a Starbucks enjoying all the sunshine coming through the windows and thinking about how I can’t wait to bust out with the summer sandals! Got a fun post for you all! You might recall me mentioning I have big news that I wanted to share with you all (if you follow me on social media you already know)..I got married!! Yes I have been officially married for 2 weeks now. 2 whole weeks!

 

Deepa Bachelorette

 

I can’t believe it! I know I’ve been pretty private about that part of my life, I’ll share more on that later, but now that we’re married you will get to know all about the luck guy (haha, yes yes I am lucky too). We’ll start off with his name, Derek. He’s a chef from San Diego, hence all the time I’ve been spending there lately. We’ll get into more about him & the wedding over the next few posts, but let’s get to the fun stuff, the bachelorette!

 

Bachelorette shots

 

Deepa Berar Bachelorette drinks

 

I totally wasn’t expecting to have one. As you all know this isn’t my 1st marriage, it’s my 2nd (AND LAST!!) so I’ve already done all that stuff before. But. My cousins had something else in mind. Have I mentioned I have the best family/friends in the world?!

 

Deepa Berar Bachelorette dinner Cibo Toronto

 

Anyways back to the bachelorette, we started off at my cousin Tania’s condo downtown Toronto. They had it decorated with all sorts of fun bachelorette snacks!

 

Yummy stuff cupcakes

 

We headed out to Cibo Wine bar on King West in Toronto. I love this place, totally my vibe! Great food, great atmosphere and a great crowd. I had the porcini mushroom risotto, delicious!

 

Cibo Toronto Risotto

 

After that we ended up across the street at Early Mercy for drinks & dancing. Has anyone been there before? This was our first time. The girls had me wear a veil which was so fun. All night people were coming up to me asking if I was getting married. Everyone was so excited, it was really sweet.

 

Deepa Berar Early Mercy

 

My fav part of the whole night was the Sesame Street dance they had on the TV’s. I have no idea how they did it, but it was up the whole night and the dance would be completely in sync with the music playing. Amazing. It’s the little things in life people ;)

 

All in all it turned out to be a pretty amazing night. I felt like Charlotte from Sex & the City, you guys remember that episode where they ended up at a bar right before she was getting married and there was a group of ladies that were celebrating a bachelorette there? Anyways Charlotte felt like she didn’t have the right to celebrate since it was her 2nd marriage and the bachelorette gave her the veil she was wearing and they made her celebrate and she had the best time ever. That’s how I felt :)

 

Deepa Berar Bachelorette party

 

Stay tuned for a bachelorette makeup tutorial, I’ll have that up for you guys soon!

 

Mrs LaVelle

 

Question- How do you guys feel about 2nd marriages? Do you think you should celebrate all of it all over again? I didn’t at first but I’m glad I got to. Thank you cousins!!

My Alopecia Story

Sunday, March 26, 2017 0 0

My alopecia story

 

Ok so this post has been a long time coming. You might’ve noticed I’ve been a bit MIA from the blog. This is due to various reasons, as I previously mentioned I’ve been working with a mentor, Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential (eek!). We decided I needed to take some time to focus more on my Youtube & Instagram for a bit.

 

The other reason, well if you haven’t been following me on social media, is because back in August I got hit with Alopecia. Alopecia Areata is a condition in which you lose your hair. Over the months of August to January my hair was falling out. Non-stop. Every single day. Some days would be less, some days would be more and a few days I had clumps falling out. Seriously one day it was as much as a baseball. I’d guesstimate I lost about 70% of my hair.

 

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Needless to say it was an extremely stressful time. One of the many causes of Alopecia Areata is believed to be stress, so I decided to take any extra things off my constantly overloaded plate and go back to the basics. Hence cutting back on blogging.

 

I decided to open up about my struggles with Alopecia in hopes that it would help any of you out there that are going through the same thing. After all, the Deep Beauty message is all about helping each other out. I am going to post a lot more about my journey with Alopecia, what I’ve been doing to regrow my hair (yes it stopped falling out and is growing back in!) and all about my transition into healthy eating (still transitioning- it’s a bit of a process haha!).

 

Anyways if you haven’t seen the video, here it is:

 

 

My Birthday Vlog: Adventures in Niagara!

Friday, August 5, 2016 0 0

Deepa Berar Birthday vlog

 

In case you missed my big secret video, I talk all about my thoughts on turning the big 4-0. Yup, you read it right. Before you get all “woahhh 40??”, let me just say I couldn’t be more excited. Aging is a privilege denied to many as the saying goes and it’s the way I choose to approach each birthday.

 

birthday cake

 

Anyways, the girls and I all headed down to Niagara for the weekend. It’s less than an hour away from where I live in Burlington, and I absolutely love going down there. It feels like you went away even though you’re basically in your own backyard.

 

We started off the festivities checking into a hotel across the street from the Fallsview casino which is super close to the actual falls. We then headed out on a wine tour of a few vineyards in Niagara on the Lake which is like the cutest little community ever. I mean the walking street is always bombarded with tourists from all over the world. It’s def a place to visit if you guys ever get the chance.

 

niagara wine tour

 

We then headed back to the hotel to freshen up and then off to dinner- Mexican of course! So yummy :)

 

birthday dinner

 

After that was the Casino for some drinks and people watching. There was a cute little dance floor and they had a cover band doing all sorts of really fun songs that everyone knows. I had a blast.

 

The next morning we went to my fav diner- Famous Cafe. I had a breakfast burrito of course. Then off to see the Falls, because no Niagara trip is complete without a glimpse.

 

That’s it! Here’s the vlog for you all to watch:

 

 

What’s your fav bday destination?

My Big Secret..Shhh!

Friday, July 1, 2016 0 1

Deepa Berar secret

 

Ahh I’m so back logged on blog posts it’s crazy! Life has been crazy lately period. Been working A LOT and with it being summer in Canada, well you know what that means..barbecues, family visits from out of town and endless weekend parties. Trust me I am not complaining :)

 

Also, I’ve decided to bump my youtubing up a notch so that’s been taking up a lot of time. Anyways, enough with the excuses, I have my latest video for you! This one is in honour of a recent milestone I hit.

 

 

How have you guys been btw? Any special weekend plans?