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    >>> "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb . live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza .

    >> hello, everybody. we made it to the end of the week. it is triday here, october 15th , we're very excited.

    >> we're going to try something new that we're not going to reveal right now. we're going to reveal it a little later, but it may be something you're interested in, we think.

    >> at a certain point in life, you start to get in a rut, you know?

    >> this may help you get out of it.

    >> we're going to try to do something new every try day, friday.

    >> a big thank you to you. kathie lee threw a beautiful lunch. you are the queen. at the little tables, christine made little bags with the --

    >> the hoda cake.

    >> that cake, by the way, was so good.

    >> i had a little .

    >> that was best cake. so a big thank you.

    >> lorn mie michaels, where it all began, three years ago, when you ambushed me.

    >> we relived that story about how, yeah, me and amy came to your table and saw you sitting there, and --

    >> trying to mind my own business.

    >> and the rest is history.

    >> happily in retirement. and here we are. it has been a long week for you. how are you holding up?

    >> i'm great. yesterday after our lunch i went to flemington, new jersey.

    >> who doesn't?

    >> everybody goes to flemington.

    >> that's where you find the hunterton central regional high school .

    >> people came out and we ended up signing some books. and it was such a great, terrific crowd.

    >> how nice are these people? raining like crazy. they come, they wait in line.

    >> it was kathie lee central too. they wanted details on your life. i gave them because i didn't care. i told your age and everyone loved it.

    >> i was just trying to mind my -- i'm 57.

    >> i know. i said it out loud and it felt good.

    >> did you also tell them i weighed --

    >> 129.

    >> not anymore. i've been running.

    >> good girl.

    >> here, i'm just trying to mind my own business again, i open up "the post" and on page six, bookstore fixup. what's the story here, hoda woman?

    >> okay.

    >> okay.

    >> so i'm kind of glad i wrote a book now, just telling you. before i was eh, now i'm glad. i went to a book signing and there were two girls in their 20s waiting until the end who were sisters. they said we want to give you something. i said, okay, they handed me this piece of paper i can't show you much of and it is laminated and the headline is ten reasons to date our dad.

    >> what a cute idea.

    >> so i -- they wrote all these reasons. i don't want to give away who he is. he's extremely intelligent. that doesn't give anything away. but there are other things. on the back there are pictures. i was there and bethenny frankel was there. she said get him down here. so five minutes later, i turn around, there's the guy with his daughters. so all of us went to dinner. it was me and the guy, bethenny, her husband and his two daughters. we enjoyed a little get together. we'll see what happens. isn't that cute?

    >> you know that's going to destroy our show if you find happiness.

    >> what are you talking about? i will not ruin your jokes. there is a whole new name on page six.

    >> emily johnson moved to los angeles and emily smith is working there for quite a while.

    >> and stephanie smith , he doni don't think they're sisters.

    >> probably not. your book is doing so well that it is already out in paperback. yes. yes.

    >> do you know what? you know what? okay, everyone's -- everyone's so funny. you know what?

    >> very nice to you all week long. enough, you know what i mean ? tonight, missy, you haven't stopped. 7:30 tonight, you know where you're going to be?

    >> georgia.

    >> decatur, georgia, the first baptist church . those folks are going to love you. yes, they will. tomorrow --

    >> new orleans.

    >> at the barnes & noble on veterans boulevard .

    >> we have a surprise here, clearly it is covered up, but these are the sexiest shoes, the sexiest shoes. we'll give outcountdowyou the countdown. they're the top four.

    >> here is number four. this is the kind of gladiator jimmy chu looking shoe.

    >> how much is that?

    >> $95.

    >> no one can afford these.

    >> here is the second one, dolce and gabbana.

    >> inexpensive.

    >> first runner up?

    >> guiseppe.

    >> how much?

    >> 995.

    >> here is the winner, the christian loubutin.

    >> that's the sexiest shoe in the world?

    >> apparently.

    >> honestly, that's it? and it is $2,445?

    >> you find that sexy?

    >> it is really not for me. but i think other people might find it --

    >> bobbie thomas is going to be here. don't take a close-up. there is too much cleavage going on today.

    >> you like your cleavage out.

    >> i don't. remember what i told you bette midler said about it. i was interviewing bette midler a few years ago and i said you're all covered up, she said, after 50, it looks like a peach pit . after 50, don't show the girls.

    >> get rid of that.

    >> the prisoners are happy again. do you know how many germs are on your phone?

    >> here's the thing.

    >> your phone, so it is, like, clean.

    >> here's what different. these are the touch pads. anything with a touch pad , you put your finger on it, and --

    >> you know where your fingers have been.

    >> if i hand it to you, i say look at my pictures, you go, oh, and then you rub your eye and then --

    >> they say it is about nine times dirtier than a restroom's handle.

    >> when you flush the toilet.

    >> so be careful. and also the atm machines . use your knuckle.

    >> everybody is going through life this way, but you'll be in sexy shoes.

    >> we like fridays. you give us a little joke.

    >> okay. friday funny. two girlfriends, you and me, are having coffee and one asks the other, what's the best birth control for women over 50? her friend takes a sip of her coffee and says, nudity. i like that one.

    >> i like it too. it is time for our girl bobbie. where is bobbie thomas.

    >> i don't know, but there is a crying baby out.

    >> i have a special surprise.

    >> are you having a baby?

    >> cleavage, bobbie, excuse me. this is a family show.

    >> i'm not breast-feeding. i'm trying to hold a baby.

    >> honestly. if anyone was born to be a wet nurse, it was you.

    >> i wanted everyone to meet ashlynn , tammy's baby.

    >> oh, my gosh.

    >> for everyone at home watching, tammy is the executive producer.

    >> precious.

    >> i can't believe that's ashlynn .

    >> took her out of day care today.

    >> isn't she precious? she inspired my minute buzz today, about babies. she's not sucking on this now because mom told me you have to boil these before you're allowed to -- it is a personalized pacifier saying ashlynn , her name on that. this bib you're holding --

    >> this is genius.

    >> so cool, silly bibs.

    >> this catches the food.

    >> the stuff.

    >> you can just wash it off.

    >> wipe it off.

    >> and courtesy of knicknacks online brought that to my attention. so great. one of the coolest things she can bring her anywhere with these baba covers, that covers the car seat. you can peek inside and see the baby. most people through a blanket over that falls. you can have a secure grip on the handle and have a nap time anywhere.

    >> they never have any of this stuff when my kids were little .

    >> i know, but we have to ooh and aah.

    >> how do you like fatherhood?

    >> i love it.

    >> and ashlynn , how do you like him?

    >> she has the best shoes of all. comfortable little mary jane socks.

    >> those are so cute.

    >> those are so much cuter than -- bobbie, do you like that?

    >> that's not my style but i like the black lace ones.

    >> that's my vote. that's my vote too.

    >> you did it again, bobbie. you looked adorable, both of you.

    >> okay.

    >> ashlynn , love you, baby. thanks for coming in.

    >> so sweet.

    >> let's go over to sara .

    >> sara , hi, baby. when's going on?

    >> wait, wait. we need to point out someone is at sara 's desk. wait, here is the back story quickly. there was a famous photograph that you guys know, tiger woods and that golf ball . i think we have a picture of it. look in the back. look closely. look on the right. you see --

    >> there he is.

    >> he was wearing that outfit. he's actually giving a shoutout to a famous golfer who he likes. now his picture is showing up everywhere. he's been superimposed on the moon landing .

    >> going to get nasty what they're going to superimpose him on, you know what i'm saying? just saying. that's what human nature does. get prepared, cigar guy.

    >> look at cigar guy, there he is on the moon. you see what's happening already. i know, with matt, meredith, al and ann. that's just -- anyway, he has a big future ahead of him.

    >> his name is rupesh shingadia. how do you say it?

    >> he can't hear you.

    >> rupesh shingadia.

    >> so sorry. all right.

    >> anyway, enjoy your fame. it is going to go on

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updated 10/15/2010 12:07:52 PM ET 2010-10-15T16:07:52

Paging Carrie Bradshaw: The public has crowned the sexiest heels — and they’re not Manolos.

Designer shoemaker Christian Louboutin's Maralena Flame Sandal — multicolored Swarovski Crystal-encrusted, 5-inch heels — were named the sole winners for the Saks Fifth Avenue and Footwear News “Sexy Shoes” contest, beating out 22 other designs, including those from heavyweights such as Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik , Dolce & Gabbana and Stuart Weitzman.

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Christian Louboutin's Maralena Flame Sandal were named the winners for the Saks Fifth Avenue and Footwear News “Sexy Shoes” contest.

The flashy peep-toe slingback pumps, featuring embellished satin flames flickering against an airy mesh background, carry a hefty price tag: $2,445. The shoes were selected from nearly 8,000 votes cast by shoppers at the flagship Saks Fifth Avenue New York store as well as online, with the winner announced at a special event on Thursday at Saks. The winning design is now available for sale in stores and at Saks.com.

“I’ve had a lot of women tell me that it’s too much to show toe cleavage in a shoe,” the designer told Metro World News in September. “They say it’s too embarrassing. But I’m like, ‘You wear sandals where your toes are completely exposed.’  And they say, ‘But it’s different.’ I agree. It is different. It’s the difference between suggestion and showing everything.”

Louboutin said that while some luxury designers are suffering due to economic difficulties, his shoe business has garnered double-digit growth in 2010, according to a May interview in Vanity Fair magazine. His fans include fashion icons such as Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss and even toddler Suri Cruise, who received custom-made shoes from the celebrity designer.

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During Friday’s TODAY, hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb got an up-close look at the glittering slingbacks, which showed off the designer’s signature red leather sole. Upon the reveal, Kathie Lee couldn’t quite hide her reaction. “That’s the sexiest shoe in the world?” she exclaimed. “That’s it?! And it’s $2,445? I’m sorry; that looks like something out of Cirque du Soleil.”

“It’s really not for me,” Hoda said upon examination, “but other people might find them [for them]… Pretty soon they’re gonna have knockoffs of these.”

Perhaps these shoes are simply too sexy for the fourth hour of TODAY. It is, after all, a morning show.

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  1. Season 1

    In 1998, we met Carrie Bradshaw, a single New York City newspaper columnist with a teensy apartment, a stunning wardrobe, and her very own Prince Charming ... Mr. Big. "Her life was meant to be something of a bohemian fairy tale," said makeup artist Kabuki, who was brought in by costume designer Pat Fields for the first two seasons of the show. "I used a lot of pearly highlights around the eyes and along the cheekbones, and would often smudge glittery black pencil around her eyes."

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  2. Season 2

    In the second season, Carrie and Big are on-again off-again. Her makeup, however, is incredibly consistent. "If it hadn't been so early in my career, I would have pushed it further, but back then I just wanted to play it safe," said Kabuki. Of course, that didn't mean he didn't have a few tricks up his sleeve: "Before she left my chair, I'd mist her face with Evian water for that dewy, fresh feeling. It kept the makeup from looking heavy and went with her character's youthful vibe."

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  3. Season 3

    "This is when Carrie meets Aidan for the first time," recalled Judy Chin, who was Sarah Jessica Parker's personal makeup artist for the last four seasons of the show, and both movies. "We were able to read the script far enough in advance to know that she'd be meeting a new guy and that he'd stick around for a while -- so took care to not to let the makeup distract from the moment. We wanted to show pure Carrie as we know her: Black mascara, flushed cheeks, and a bit of pink liner on the lips topped with clear gloss."

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  4. Season 5

    "Carrie's brows are a group effort. Both Sarah Jessica and I weigh in on the grooming," said Chin. "Her two brows are very different so we just went with it. I'd fill them in very slighty with a seal brown pencil and extend them out a bit, like I did here, for a bit of glamour. When brows are too groomed, it isn't youthful. The asymmetrical nature just adds to Carrie's charm."

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  5. Season 6

    In the final season, Carrie moved to Paris with her lover, Aleksandr Petrovsky -- but brought along her New York City beauty sense. "I knew for this scene she'd be wearing a simple black dress and only be seen sitting down -- so it could be a big hair moment," said Mandy Lyons, who worked as Sarah Jessica Parker's personal hairstylist for seasons 5 and 6, plus both movies. "I created two extreme textures with one hairdo: Quite slick in the front and teased and voluminous in back. I backcombed the ponytail until it had the texture of cotton candy," said the British hairstylist. "It was a very sweet look."

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    After Big left Carrie at the altar, director Michael Patrick King was very clear with the hair and makeup teams that he wanted her look to mirror her depression. "I think of this as Carrie's dark period. I was thinking goth," said Chin. "I just drowned her in black liner." Lyons's job, however, required a bit more planning. "Before the wig was made, we tested hair colors against SJP's skin to find the shade that was closest to her natural base. We added auburn and honey gold highlights so that the wig wouldn't read too flat on screen," she said.

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  7. 'Sex and The City 2': '80s Flashback!

    "Sarah Jessica wore this Madonna-inspired look very well," said Chin. "I was worried the colors -- deep purple shadow, fuchsia lipstick, and contour powder -- would be too harsh and vibrant, but she looked great." Her hair was just as successful: "We used a wig but it was still really fun for me to do technically," said Lyons. "I scrunch-dried it with strong gel and added the bow very last minute. We burnt it with cigarettes for that lived-in feel. It was meant to look like she'd plucked it right off the corner of her mirror."

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    "For this movie I wanted to bring back the old Carrie," said Chin. She kept the skin as bare as possible and focused on creating a natural, lit-from-within flush. She blended cheek stains, powder blushes and bronzers to create the perfect rosy glow. And for the hair? "Carrie has moved in with Big, she's uptown in an amazing apartment and she's more serious now," said Lyons. "I went for something more sophisticated: soft, brushed-out waves with a sexy, dry shine."

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