April 17, 2013 06:41 PM

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 Shopbop.com that I ordered for this particular appearance. Let’s see what works. For the day time dresses I always shop at either ShopBop.com or ASOS.com or Revolveclothing.com. 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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