The Dancing with the Stars judge opens up about her new jewelry -- and fiance Brooks Laich's proposal

We finally caught a glimpse of Julianne Hough‘s engagement ring — and now the bride-to-be is finally opening up about her shiny new 5-plus-carat Lorraine Schwartz bling.

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Courtesy Julianne Hough

“The ring itself makes me feel very feminine and takes my breath away every time I look down, which I can’t stop doing, by the way,” she writes in a Thursday post on her blog. “When it comes to taking it off, forget it. I’ll even wake up in the middle of the night to make sure it’s still there! I never thought I’d be the girl sticking her hand out to her friends and screaming in unison but here I am, shrieking all over Los Angeles.”

However her engagement to hockey player Brooks Laich is obviously about more than the ring — though it’s a nice perk! — as she continues. “The rush of love from friends and family, plus the support from all of you has been overwhelming. The love being poured into this next step of our relationship is incredible, and I’m so very grateful.”

After Hough confirmed her engagement to her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half on Instagram, she took a weeklong break from social media to revel in that just-engaged glow (“There’s just a sense of strength in us, a feeling of being further grounded but most of all, it just makes me really giddy!” she writes).

But with her return to blogging comes details of Laich’s “magical and sweet” proposal, too.

“We were at home, romantic and relaxed, which is perfectly very ‘us,’ “she writes. “We stood on the deck, watching the sun set over the lake and listening to our favorite songs.

“Not even for a second did I expect that beautiful, serene scene was about to become one of the most meaningful moments of our lives. In fact, I was so taken aback when Brooks got down on one knee I completely blacked out! It was like a rush of heat and a wave of uncontrollable emotion swept right through my body. I didn’t have any words at first (me! no words!). All I could do was explode into his arms and experience pure joy from head to toe.”

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–Kate Hogan