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10/30/2012 at 05:00 PM ET

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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 almost didn’t come together:

Yee haw!

It was Country Night in the ballroom Monday and it was a good time for all. We had great music, great dancing and great musical acts.

Tonight I originally thought that we would have a Halloween theme, however, when I got to work I realized that I was wrong, and it was country night. So, Kit and I had to go in a different direction altogether clothing-wise in a few hours.

Fortunately, we had a vintage Diva gown hanging in my Dancing with the Stars closet that we could make work — it had one of my favorite necklines, the V-neck halter, accented with gold chains. One of the chains was broken, but Kit and I loved the cut of the dress so much that we put our heads together and made it work. Thank goodness Kit is an alum of Project Runway and works great under pressure.

The two rings are by Rafinity and valued at close to $ 40,000, but the leopard ring was my favorite. (You know I love animals and founded an animal foundation, The CAI Animal Project, to raise important money for animals in need.) And for those of you who didn’t know, Rafinity is the designer who designed my engagement ring, which I am no longer wearing, as life would have it. But engagement ring or no engagement ring, I  have been and always will be a fan of Rafinity’s modern and bold designs. I was also wearing a bracelet designed by Lauren G. Adams, and to complete the look, some basic black Enzo Angiolini peep-toe platforms.

For hair tonight Anna Maria used a Paul Mitchell 2-in. barrel curling iron to create soft waves, then pulled it back into a loose ponytail, inspired by Posh Spice (otherwise known as Victoria Beckham) from an image we saw in a magazine on Monday. To make the pieces stand out she used Paul Mitchell dry wax, which gave it soft texture.

Jojo, who is back from a sick leave, gave me a beautiful plum smoky eye, care of Stila cosmetics. We also used a Stila gloss called “Infamous” for the neutral lip. (Remember ladies, it’s either a bold eye with a neutral lip, or bold lip with a neutral eye, never both!)

Hope you enjoyed Monday night — send me your thoughts via Twitter!

See y’all Tuesday night!

–Carrie Ann Inaba

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