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?

My day at GenBeauty Toronto!

Thursday, June 2, 2016 2 3

Genbeauty Toronto 2016

 

A couple of weeks ago IPSY, the beauty company founded by the biggest beauty Youtuber ever, Michelle Phan, had their makeup show GenBeauty in Toronto and I was fortunate enough to attend! As I’ve told you guys before, I’m a member of IPSYOS which is IPSY’s organization for beauty gurus. They have their studios in Santa Monica which I shot a few of my videos at. Anyways I was so excited that they were coming to Toronto as it was their first show in Canada!

 

Genbeauty Toronto Ipsy Stylists

 

Most of the IPSY Stylists were there! We got to see my favs- Desi, Chrisspy & Christen Dominique! I got to chat with Christen at the show for a bit. She really is one of the sweetest girls ever. She was telling me about her upcoming travels and how she juggles everything with being a mom. What an inspiration :)

 

Genbeauty Toronto Christen Dominique

 

I also got to chat with Michelle Phan’s right hand man, Corey Weiss. Corey is so amazing, I’ve met him before at the Santa Monica studios. He runs this giant company yet is so humble and down to earth! He was so good to me and really made sure I was well taken care of at GenBeauty. Such a great guy.

 

Genbeauty Toronto Corey Weiss

 

To say that there were tons of makeup booths is an understatement. Virtually every brand you would want to see was there! They were pretty much all doing giveaways and we got to preview a bunch of products that are about to come out. Being an IPSYOS member I got to meet and chat with a bunch of the PR reps as well. Everyone is always so lovely at these events.

 

Genbeauty Toronto makeup booths

 

I was invited to the Cocktail party IPSY was throwing after the show on Saturday. Everyone was there! Desi, Chrisspy and even Katie showed up a little later. It was held at The Fifth Social club in Toronto, which I’ve been to several times, but this was definitely my fav time there. I got to chat with Chrisspy for a bit. She is humble and so approachable. I had to compliment her on her crazy makeup skills. That girls eyeshadow is always so beautifully blended, she definitely inspires me as an artist!

 

Genbeauty Toronto Chrisspy

 

I put together a short video of the day for you guys. Remember I was telling you about that event I attended in Toronto with Inglot and DubDub? I edited this using the dubdub app on my phone and seriously, it is quickly becoming one of my fave editing apps! It’s sooo easy to use. Anyways, here’s the vid!

 

My trip to Cali

Sunday, April 24, 2016 0 1

Cali trip 2016

 

Thought I’d share some pics with you all on my latest trip to Cali! I’m still in San Diego, heading back home tomorrow. It’s always so much fun when I get to visit, I’d have to say San Diego is one of my absolute favorite places on this planet! It’s so gorgeous, the weather is perfect, there are immaculate beaches everywhere and the people are so down to earth and nice.

 

This trip was a very special trip because we were coming down to meet my brother and sister inlaw’s baby, Kai Berar. He’s sooo adorable! I can’t get enough of him!

 

Cali trip 2016 Kai guy

 

The fam and I all had a little celebration before meeting him at the local Indian restaurant. Hey what can I say, Punjabi people love to celebrate everything! Makes life a lot of fun :)

 

Cali trip 2016 celebrating

 

Kai was born at the hospital in La Jolla. You might’ve seen me mention La Jolla in the past. My brother used to live there and it’s definitely my fav neighborhood in San Diego. I mean check out the view from the hospital!

 

Cali trip 2016 La Jolla

 

We spent every day with the little guy. He’s so cute and cuddly and loves to listen to your every word. My brother calls him a sleep thief though as he won’t let them sleep lol. Hello, he’s a baby. How can anyone not fall in love with that face!

 

Cali trip 2016 Deepa Berar

 

So another totally exciting thing happened on this trip…I got to meet and interview Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential!! Her blog is my absolute all time fav and has been for a long time! I’m just in love with her branding, design and her business sense! Total inspiration and super nice girl.

 

Cali trip 2016 Deepa Berar and Lauryn Evarts

 

No trip to San Diego would be complete without a trip to the beach! My fav beach in San Diego has got to be Coronado. It’s on the Coronado island and you have to take this crazy scary bridge to get there but it’s totally worth it cause it’s so big and clean and the view is beautiful. Plus it’s next to the hotel Del which is super nice. You might recognize it as I shot my October 2015 favs video there.

 

Cali trip 2016 Coronado beach

 

I’m super sad to leave this little guy! I’ll definitely miss him. Thank god for modern technology cause I’ve already gotten my brother to agree to mandatory regular skype sessions with the little guy :)

 

Cali trip 2016 Deepa Berar and Kai

 

Until the next trip..

The next chapter..

Saturday, April 23, 2016 0 0

Deep BeautySo I’m super excited and a little nervous to be honest with you guys..I know you have all been hearing me talk about the series on Deep Beauty that I launched on the blog at the beginning of this year..well..I just launched it on the Youtube channel as well (eek!).

 

I just wanted the message to get to as many people that need it as possible and there’s no denying Youtube’s reach. So, I decided in addition to the Deep Beauty posts on here, I’m going to be posting videos as well. The topics will range from self confidence tips to empowering each other to things like the importance of gratitude.

 

If there’s anything you guys would like me to cover, please let me know in the comments! Oh and if I haven’t already said it, I absolutely love all of you. Thank you for all your support over the years. It’s because of your support that I keep at this thing. Hope you all enjoy the next chapter!