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Carrie Ann Inaba's Blog: Dressing Up for a Sick Day

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We’ve had lots of fun hearing about Carrie Ann Inaba‘s stunning Dancing with the Stars ensembles, and today, the judge gives us the exclusive details on what she wore Monday night — and how it helped her get through a bout with the flu (get well soon!):

This week: two dances in one! The fusion dance! And no elimination this week … because of the election. So don’t forget to get out there and make your votes count!

Unfortunately, Monday night, I wasn’t feeling 100 percent — there is bug going around and it bit me. So I needed a dress that would help me feel the best I could feel, all things considered. I had done an appearance on Saturday with Tom Bergeron at America’s Funniest Home Videos and on my way home got very sick and ended up spending the rest of the weekend in bed. I think it was just a flu bug, but it was still lingering on me Monday so I needed every boost I could get. So, I chose this beautiful purple dress.

According to a website I often frequent about colors and their meaning (I redecorate a lot), purple is the color of good judgment. It is also the combination of both the cool tones of its blue base and the warmth and heat of its red base. It’s often been called a perfect color because it brings both sides of the spectrum together, and is often associated with the color of royalty.

It’s not an expensive dress; it’s designed by Adrianna Papell and runs for about $170 in the deeper plum color. I haven’t seen the exact price for this one since it’s a sample, but the color is what sold me on it. On the show, I like to wear a mixture of couture and affordable dresses. It keeps it fun … and it keeps things in perspective. I liked the softness of this one-shoulder dress — it was quite feminine and flowy. And the color felt regal.

The jewels were a lot of fun; [stylist] Kit Scarbo pulled some Erica Courtney jewelry for the evening. My yellow-gold earrings had 2.46 karats of white diamonds with coral drops surrounded by blue sapphires. I also wore three rings: one with 11.28 carats of amethyst placed in yellow gold, a yellow gold fleur-de-lis with 6.46 carats of opal and 1.24 carats of white diamonds and finally a carved pink coral rose ring valued at $9,600. (Editor’s note: Jealous!)

[Hair and makeup artists] Anna Maria and Jojo worked extra hard to get me show-ready and I appreciate the boost. We did a side-swept ‘do to go with the one-shoulder neckline of the dress and used a variety of iron sizes to get the curls loose and free looking. Jojo did a nice smoky eye thanks to our Tom Ford kit of eye shadows, plus a neutral lip. I wore some fun eyelashes, from Adoro, a brand you may never have heard of. We did a double lash, meaning two of them on each eye. Sometimes it adds to the effect. Just a little trick of the trade to share …

Hope you enjoyed the show and my fashion choice last night. Don’t forget to get out there and vote today. God bless you and we’ll see you next week.

–Carrie Anna Inaba