Carrie Ann Inaba's 'DWTS' Blog: In a Dark Week, It's Nice to Be On an Uplifting Show

04/17/2013 at 02:41 PM ET

Carrie Ann Inaba

Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba joins us again to blog about her style — and all the backstage scoop — on the show’s 16th season. This week, she discusses why the latest episode left many, including her, in tears — and shares the special story behind one of the pieces of jewelry she wore.

Tuesday night’s show was fabulous! It was uplifting and I loved Len’s video package. I love the new dancing bumpers to commercial. It reminds me of my old “Fly Girl” days on In Living Color where I was dancing in the bumpers to commercials.

Yes, that was a long time ago, but I remember those days well. We had so much fun back in the day … and we are having fun now on Dancing! I really loved Stacey Tookey’s choreography on the rotating piano and Mark and Derek’s opening number. The dancing seems to be even more inspiring and happy than usual, and we know that America needs that type of uplifting television right now. We’ve been hit by a terrible misfortune and a lot of people are suffering because of it. Our show really aims to lift the spirits of our viewers, especially now, when we need it most.

So, to go with the theme of uplifting, I chose a fuchsia David Meister dress. Pink is my own personal happy color. I wear it a lot in my personal life and it somehow always makes me feel better. With all the sadness out there, a little pink couldn’t hurt.

David Meister is one of my favorite designers. His dresses are always well-cut and comfortable. He makes very flattering styles for evening wear and uses fun fabrics with classic cuts. I’ve been wearing David’s dresses probably since our first season; he’s a “For Sure” for my DWTS closet.

Jewels were fun, and everything but the earrings were real. I was wearing some serious “bling bling.” The Lance Fisher diamond cuff goes for $65,740. Expensive — but worth it. It’s a stunner and so feminine. The gem solitaire rings are by Lisa Nik and run for about $3,500 each. I was wearing 3 of them. And the colorful stackables are from Roxbury Jewelry and are so much fun. You can mix and match them and they go from day to night so easily. I want to thank all the designers for their lovely designs.

I’m keeping it short because I have to fly to N.Y.C. to co-host Live with Kelly and Michael (on ABC, of course!) Thursday morning. I was supposed to co-host with Michael earlier this year but life happened so I wasn’t able to go.

I’ll be with Kelly again and we intend to have a great time with guests The Jonas Brothers and Zac Efron. Not too shabby on the eyes for all the girls out there, so see you then! I have to open an order from that I ordered for this particular appearance. Let’s see what works. For the day time dresses I always shop at either or or They all have great selections,and they deliver quickly. That’s my fashion tip for outside the ballroom this week!

Remember, express yourself in your fashion. Do what you want to do! (That sounds like the In Living Color theme song … “You can do what you wanna do, In Living Color.”) That’s all from this ole Fly Girl. See you next week!

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Lindsay on

Try being diagnosed with cancer. Now that is a dark week!

Meredith on

This woman is out of touch with reality. Expensive but worth it? That’s what I tell myself when I buy the $20 facewash instead of the $6 kind. Sheesh.

Amber on

@Meredith~ EXACTLY my thought! Geez louise!

Cheryl on

What is up with Carrie Ann this season?
I know that her & long time boyfriend/fiancĂ© split just before this season, maybe that explains her “cattiness” & downright mean-spiritedness? I hope someone informs her of how she is coming across to us- the fans! One would think that she’s jealous of a couple of the female contestants !! Maybe she needs to take a season off & deal with her personal problems….just saying! I love DWTS, but one more cruel/mean-spirited, hateful outburst from her & I will be changing channels! Come on Carrie Ann bring back the professionalism!!

Thank you!

Bootziegurl on

I agree with Carrie Ann I LOVE how they’ve brought more dancing to the show, its great to see the professional dancers get more air time and show us what they’ve got.

Guest on

And your thoughts and opinions matter because?!……

stee on

@Meredith, you know that she’s not actually buying the things she wears on the air, right? It’s all loaners. And then they have her name drops the designers and the prices.

Pepper on

I am assuming Carrie Ann’s “dark week” is referring to the tragedy in Boston. Might have been nice if she had mentioned her thoughts and prayers were with those killed or injured and their families, but instead she just rambled about all the expensive “bling” she’s wearing and how happy pink makes her feel. Doesn’t matter if she owns the stuff or not; there are more important things to blog about.

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