Reese Witherspoon Goes Grocery Shopping Like a Star

Posted on April 28, 2014

We admit it. We’re totally addicted to her. We went from having her on our Irrational Hate List (right under the everlasting Number One: Julia Roberts) to could-eat-her-up-with-a-spoon adoration.

Reese-Witherspoon-WFBCMSBS-Tom-Lorenzo-Site_TLO (1)Reese Witherspoon goes grocery shopping at Whole Foods in Brentwood, California.

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The fact that she carries her grocery bags in the crook of her elbow like they have “CHANEL” printed on the side of them is alternately hilarious and somewhat awe-inspiring. It’s that whole image-management thing along with the natural haughtiness that often comes with being a movie star that turned her into someone we have to respect.

She’s not really dressed for pap shots in an obvious way (like she usually is), so we’ll skip the not-so-great outfit and get the Bitter Kitten Kommunity’s take on her sandals? Cute or Not-Cute?  We’re thinking the strap around the ankle looks way too “slave sandal” to our eyes.





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  • kwanawrites

    I love pics of her out and about. It’s like Tracy Flick grew up & is now the snazzy head of the PTA and I adore it.

    • formerlyAnon

      “It’s like Tracy Flick grew up & is now the snazzy head of the PTA”

      Exactly. And it’s precisely why the “hate” in my grudging admiration/hate thing is there to stay. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m scarred, but I’ll cop to bitter.

  • Kent Roby

    She’s elevated the “Casual Celeb Running Errands” routine to an art form.

    • Carleenml

      I think she has a Casual Celeb Running Errands contract in her desk drawer. Complete with sections and subclauses.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Cute- I love the sandals- they’re the only thing I love. Everything else looks extra-regular. Which is refreshing, but not interesting lol.

  • …It is “slave sandal”, but the color is so flattering with her skin tone, it doesn’t read weird or awkward to me.

    • Rhonda Shore

      They’re practical yet they have panache.

    • Chickadeep

      Add me to the pro-sandal faction. I agree the color is very flattering on her, and I love a practical, metallic sandal—always adds a little something something to a casual outfit.

  • Shawn EH

    Sandals = cute! Chanel grocery bags = of course! Sheepish grin at being papped = priceless!

  • Emily Smith

    Thank god she isn’t wearing one of her damn hats.

    • Clash D

      Amen to that.

  • Bill Curtis

    It is a year-long master class in image rehabilitation of someone who was also on my irrational hate list. As calculated and blatant as it is if you take a step back, it has totally worked for me. She seems normal and relatable. Just a super stylish mom who, oh you know, makes a movie every year or so. A+, 4.0, you win, Reese.

  • littlemisstiny

    Love that her actual bag is monogrammed – extremely Tracy Flick-ish

    • marlie

      I know – it’s perfect!

    • Danielle

      I want to know what brand it is, but I don’t want to weep for a thousand years at the unattainable price tag.

    • Sam Smith

      Reminds me of a sorority “bitch bag” for some reason, but that totally works for Ms. Flick.

  • Lisa

    I think they work perfectly for her sorority girl who turned into a movie star and had some babies vibe;).

    • skipiddydoda

      That is EXACTLY her vibe!

  • lamamu

    Love the sandals. But, wow, they are all kinds of wrong with that outfit. Let’s get Reese straightened out: A pair of Tom’s (or any kind of loafer) with the outfit. And a sleek skinny jean with a blousy top for the sandals. Voila!

  • ashtangajunkie

    Not in love with the sandals, but they’re okay. She has never been on any of my lists, hatred or otherwise, but I admit I kind of adore her now.

  • Danielle

    Is… is that a skort?

    • carrie

      This is really the question we should be asking. Skirt caught between her legs? Asymmetric voluminous skort? Over-sized boxers? What is happening to her crotch?!

    • SugarSnap108

      That’s my question. I need answers.

    • demidaemon

      I have a similar question. Skirt, shorts, or skort? Discerning kittens need to know.

    • Jane Goodwin

      Yes! (A skort). And the sandals look great. With the pink toenail polish they match the ‘Chanel’ bags!

  • Latin Buddy

    Wait, what do you mean, other folks DON’T hold their grocery bags as though they are Chanel? B*tch please. I wear my Hanes white tshirts like they’re Zegna or Versace.

    • kimmeister

      Her bag is on her shoulder, her right hand is holding one bag, and she wants to have one hand free to turn door knobs or brush her hair out of her face, so holding the other grocery bag in the crook of her arm seems perfectly normal to me.

      • sweetestsith

        Seems perfectly reasonable to me to… I hate having to set bags down to do something, and have a strange need to carry all of my bags at once to and from the car.

        Maybe I should become a movie star!

        • kimmeister

          I share your strange need! I hate having to do second trips back out to my car. And it’s not like I live in a high rise apartment building or anything like that; I live in a one-story house and park right in the driveway.

          • sweetestsith

            Me too… There are two steps out front, and I’m perfectly capable of making multiple trips. I get teased about it sometimes, but I can’t help it. haha

        • Spicytomato1

          Haha, I do the exact same thing. I’m sure my neighbors wonder why I don’t make multiple trips instead of draping bags all over my arms and sometimes limping from the effort to carry them all. I can assure you I never even approach looking as pulled together as she does in that situation!

          • sweetestsith

            Limping from the effort, and my partner just looks at me funny when I come inside. She always reminds me that I just have to ask for help… But no, I have to be crazy… It’s nice to know that other people share this need.

    • decormaven

      It’s all in the attitude. Kudos to you.

  • IraKi

    I think it is the cute nail polish that brings out the shoes!

  • Noah

    It’s really nice of the guards in ancient Rome to unshackle her so she can make Whole Foods runs.

  • Thumbs up on the sandals, which have a slight “tracking bracelet-chic” vibe that makes them irresistible.

  • R.A.

    Thoughts, in order:

    The headline on this post made my afternoon.

    I don’t mind the sandals but they probably cost $500 dollars and you can get the same thing on Beyond the Rack in a hundred colours for $9.99. That aspect of “celeb on the street” fashion or in this case “celeb on the parking lot tour” fashion will never not bother me.

    Is that a skort?

  • Mothra

    Nice girl like that should have her own grocery bags.

  • kimmeister

    I regularly leave the bottom buttons of my cardigans unbuttoned too, but the fact that hers is designed to hide the buttons makes the unbuttoned ones look weird.

  • greymain

    LOVE the “RW” on her canvas(?) tote…..she is a REAL person…..oooooh

  • All of this fabulousness should be compiled to make a helluva coffee-table book.

  • Glam Dixie

    Slave sandal chic. I like them and would wear them in a hot second.

    • decormaven

      I think they are gorgeous on her. Wouldn’t work on me, but they are perfect for her.

  • Snarkmeister

    Her chin looks just like my little sister’s, ergo, I love her. It is irrational, but I do.

  • Snailstsichr

    Her toe polish matches the bags!! That is awesome.

  • boweryboy

    Not cute. The strap is too heavy. All I can see are the straps used to restrain mental patients to their beds.

    • Ginger

      I’m with you. I don’t like the heavy ankle strap. It’s not flattering to the line of the leg in my opinion.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Also, wouldn’t that hurt like crazy at the end of the day? Blistered ankles, ouch!

  • Those sandals shouldn’t work, but they do on her. The monogrammed bag is so bitchy. I love it on her! (And my own personal style could not be more different than hers.)

    • Little_Olive

      Absolutely. And I am pretty impressed that they do, because she is short as they come.
      I am not in love with the bag, but I agree… triumphant accessorizing.

      • Constant Reader

        I just Googled it. She’s tiny! Kudos to her for looking good in sandals that would stumpify the legs of most women.

  • dash1211

    Those sandals give off a slight police ankle bracelet vibe.

  • prisma

    The Khaleesi is going to show up and liberate her from those sandals. I like them though.

  • ChelseaNH

    Carrying bags in the crook of your arm brings the weight closer to the center of your body.

    • AnneElliot

      That paper strap’s gotta hurt the inside of your elbow. It’s all I see when I look at those photos. And those flats look painful. Sorry, I just can’t get her off my irrational hate list.

  • unbornfawn

    Don’t like the strap around the ankle.

  • Love the tote. Not loving the sandals. A shoe that flat makes my arches hurt just looking at it.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    They are total slave sandals. And that’s why they are hot.

  • Tanya Wade

    The Whole Foods employee with the “bish, please” expression is the best accessory ever!

  • teensmom99

    I love a slave sandal . . . or I used to but now there’s too many. I am just over the totally flat sandal and the bare sandal. This weekend I went to Nordstrom to scope out the new sandals and there are so many versions of this sandal and none of them particularly appealing and I’m not sure what you wear to work. Of course, they are fine for Whole Foods.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Whole Foods is the new Chanel. Has anyone EVER seen her at any grocer other than Whole Foods? WF is giving her free food. She is homeless.

  • Miss wks

    What the girl needs IS a few Chanel bags to carry her groceries IN. Paper bags are so not cool.

    • not_Bridget

      I went to Whole Foods yesterday to pick up an extra big jug of Dr Bronner’s Peppermint soap–helps get through a Texas summer. So I took the heavy duty cotton shopping bag with the Target logo–my version of a prestigious designer brand.

      (Does the Brentwood WF also have a beer & wine bar?)

  • LittleKarnak

    I’m just glad I’m not the only one with Julia Roberts at the top of my Irrational Hate List…

    • MilaXX

      Nope Julia has been number 1 with a bullet on my list for some time.

    • SweetJess MeanGreen

      My dislike for Julia Roberts isn’t irrational. It’s completely justified, she’s just not a nice person. That’s all.

    • paginatrix

      She’s dour. And that’s no fun.

  • BlairBear

    what a sad outfit and what a cute bag. I will always love her because she was so much fun in legally blonde.

  • latina fey

    i’m sure someone else already said it, but you missed a golden opportunity to say, “to could eat her up with-er-spoon adoration.” you’re welcome.

    • kimmeister

      Have you ever seen that pic online of Reese Witherspoon vs Reese Without Her Spoon?

  • oatmealpie

    She went to Whole Foods and forgot her reusable tote bags! FOR SHAME.

  • SugarSnap108

    The sandals do look a little shackle-y, but I think they somehow work. She really runs a lot of errands.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I watched “Pleasantville” yesterday and was reminded of why I like Reese. This also reminds me of the joys of being an average sclub and being able to run errands in generic jeans and sandals that have no name.

  • TwiddlyStun

    Isn’t she supposed to have a baguette sticking out the top of one of those bags?

    • deliadee

      That’s what I thought! Either a baguette or flowers.

    • Tigerfly

      Yes! …And some organic carrots with the tops still on them.

  • macwell

    She looks great. The bag carrying technique is very LA though, so that doesn’t surprise me…. LOL 😉

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  • Amy Wilson

    I love her monogrammed tote (I can’t help it, I am a good Southern girl) and want it. I think the sandals are fine but I feel like they would make the ankles of mere mortals look thick. I was prepared to have active dislike for her after her meltdown with the cops but I kind of love her again. Well done.

  • cocohall

    The sandals look like ankle monitors to me. Which is not the image to invoke after you’ve had a spectacular booze fueled meltdown in public in recent memory. Also, I’m wildly amused by the fact that she has her initials on her bag. “Yes, it is I!”

  • MilaXX

    Reese won you over with her Mall & Parking Lots tour! Outfit is a pretty good real life look. Sandals are okay. I have cankles & I’m short so I stay away from ankle straps. That said, I don’t hate them, they just aren’t for me.

  • gitchygitchymama

    tsk tsk chinny – with all that you have you can’t manage more eco friendly grocery bags? or is this a ‘paid’ expedition… they usually are hooker.

  • ktr33

    I like the sandals. They look like sandals my 9-yo daughter’s friends wear, but with the ankle straps, they have a little edge. The rest looks like Gap or Ann Taylor Loft. Plus, I wish she’d get some reusable shopping bags!

  • SophieCollier

    Gotta love the monogrammed bag. The sandals are kind of cute.

  • GorgeousThings

    The whole “Breaker of Chains” sandal is quite the thing this spring. I like it in general, and these sandals aren’t bad. They aren’t my favorite rendition, but they aren’t awful.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    RW looks really cute here in an everyday kinda way. I must admit that she and others have inspired me to carry bags in the crook of my arm when I’m not in a hurry. In fact sometimes when I’m having my lunch hour walk, I pretend I’m being stalked by paparazzi. It improves my posture and I feel more graceful as I saunter down the street. I wouldn’t want to live that way, but I can see the value of pretending now and then.

  • mdcoon127

    Sandals – In.

  • icm

    Are you sure that those are shopping bags and not some overpriced uglyshit designer handbags? Hard to tell with some of the recent bag collections of late.

  • Barbara Thomas

    Does she act anymore or does her entire career now consist of staged photos?

  • Truthiness2U

    Sorry, she’s still on my irrational hate list. Though her tirade during her husband’s dangerous drunk driving, put me into more rationally hating her (‘dont you know who I am?’ — yeah I feel pretty okay with my hate).

    And her styling choices (or apology tour) haven’t woozed me since. Not even her parking lot cute outfits, and certainly not this one. The skirt –is it supposed to look that way on purpose? the shirt and sweater are unflattering. Love the bag, though.

    The sandals –I don’t like gold shoes. I think they can look cheap and ugly really quickly…even when they aren’t. Though thankfully this gold is muted. But overall, do think they’re cute sandals. I mean, I won’t wear ones like it because my back would kill me for their having zero cushioning, But they’re still better than wedges or flip-flops (which add that horrible drag drag sound when people attempt to walk in them). So if there if this is the sandal of the summer? I say bring it.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    Maybe someone can answer this…does her publicists have to call a LOT of phone numbers and say
    “Reese, 2 PM, Whole Foods (X location) or is there some sort of ‘hot line’ for the paparazi? 1 #, thats all?

  • Jecca2244

    i love that in the second shot she still managed to get the purse/tote shown. that’s impressive.

  • Caroline Palmer

    She runs a lot of errands.

    • formerlyAnon

      For a wealthy person.

  • Nathan

    I think you mean you could eat her up with a Wither-spoon.

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  • Lori

    I hate the shoes even more than I hate her, and that’s a fair bit. (I rather enjoy hating her, so I’m entertained by her endless parking lot tour, but that’s not at all the same thing as liking her)The straps make her look like her ankles should be chained together and that color is a problem. Gold shoes are tricky because the line between “fun” and “tacky as all hell” is a thin one. I think these are on the wrong side of that line.

  • formerlyAnon

    Those sandals are too much for mere mortals, but if you can wear a band that wide around your ankle and get away with it, those are your sandals, baby. And Ms. Reese can.

  • Imasewsure

    Cute metallic slave sandals (flat slaves are so boring) – and no stupid hat!!!

  • macaroni

    This is a super random comment, but DAMN her second toe is way longer than the first. (Supposedly this has to do with being a dominant/domineering personality, which makes SO much sense, to me at least.) Also: I like the shoes.

  • PeaceBang

    Awful. The best thing about these photos is that they illustrate the ordinariness of these stars.

  • Alloy Jane

    LOL she looks like she’s wearing men’s boxers. Love it. But I like her in all her hillbilly hoity toityness. I’d like this better if she was using canvas totes instead of paper bags though. Paper bags are so 2007.

  • DebbieLovesShoes

    Sandals look like restraint cuffs in a Psych Ward, spray-painted gold for a more festive, Holiday-inspired feeling.

    And for some reason, her teeth are REALLY bugging me. ??? BK’s? Am I alone in this?

    • Wink

      You’re so right about the ‘spray-painted’ sandals! And what’s the deal with the polka dot skirt/boxers/culottes? It wouldn’t hurt to put some lotion on those knees. Her teeth have always been a bit “horsey.”

  • Cambel

    It makes it really easy for the Photogs to find and follow her because she keeps screaming “Do you know who I am?!?!?” At all the Grocery Store staff.

  • SophieB210

    No hat! No hat! Hip hip hooray, no hat! And she looks so much happier for it.

  • holla

    If she start getting better roles in the next few year, this image resuscitation recipe is gold!

  • Vee

    They are cute. As for “irrational” hate of Ms. Julia, I know why for me. The higher her star got, the more “WASPY” her speech pattern and attitude became. Then “Eat, Pray,Love” came and she started to believe her own hype and wouldn’t stop. I’m glad she found a faith that worked for her and her family, it does NOT however, put her abouve everyone. I wonder how she reconciles that.

  • MarissaLG

    The sandal straps look like a creative way to hide her house-arrest bracelets.

  • Tuneful54

    This overhyped chick and Julia top my Rational Hate List. Here, I especially like the old-lady cardigan and the fluorescent self-tanner.

  • Taylor Bigler

    Love the sandals, actually. Dislike the skirt and think the tote is super cute, but reads Hot Dallas Mom and not Movie Star, but then again, that preppy-Southern thing is part of her aesthetic. If anyone can ID the sandals I will give you one million dollars.

    • BLauD

      I think they might be Rachel Zoe… I’ve seen similar ones.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    Love the monogrammed tote, it’s sort of cheeky somehow.

  • AnaRoW

    I’ve gone the opposite way. I liked her in “A Far Off Place” and thought my love had been cemented in “Freeway”. As an adult though she developed a snooty attitude and hasn’t appeared in anything that I’ve been wanting to see in about 5 years. Rehabbing her post-arrest image by having her picture taken while shopping isn’t doing anything for me.

  • BLauD

    Those sandals, which after some digging found are by Rachel Zoe, are definitely ankle restraint sandals. Maybe gold bondage is what some people are into… I don’t know…
    What’s really confusing me is the skirt. Is it really a skirt? Somehow it manages to look like a pair of PJ shorts in every shot. Weird body twisting/walking effect?

  • TLJezebel

    I usually don’t like gladiator style sandals, but I like these for some inexplicable reason.

  • mrspeel2

    LOVE the sandals; they’d totally go with my GoT wardrobe pieces so I’d buy a pair in every available color!

  • sagecreek

    Those sandals make her look stumpy, which she is really not.

  • lobsterlen

    Reese is at Whole Foods more than anyone I know. Whole Foods should give her double coupons for all the free advertisement.

  • Linderella

    I love how COMPLETELY unimpressed the woman in photo #4 is by her.
    While I love her as an actress, I have to actively avoid reading interviews with her; she really & truly seems like a horrible person.

    • lobsterlen

      Bitch face girl photo-bombed Reese’s parking lot pap shot.

      • Glammie

        And if anyone should have a bitch-face photobomb, it’s Reese.

  • MM4321

    Glad you noticed the way she holds the grocery bag like a purse – I laughed so hard at that.

    Now if she’d just use reusable bags . . .

  • EEKstl

    Yeah, sort of Disco Spartacus.

  • Call me Bee

    The sandals? I die. Been trying to find some such as these for weeks now. And I must ask–is it really so nice and warm in LA that one can walk in the elements in shorts and sandals? There is still snow piles in a few shady spots here in southern Cheeseland. I sigh….

  • SusannaGA

    Is she ever going to act again, or what?

  • Glammie

    Yes! Exactly the reason I like Reese–she’s one gritty bitch and she’s going to get her career back come hell or high water, no matter how many damned grocery pap opportunities it takes. At least she’s sharp enough to figure out that she’s got a long haul on the image makeover. But, then, I didn’t like her America’s Sweetheart (yawn) period, it’s the early bitchy stuff that’s great–Freeway and Election.

  • alyce1213

    I’m sorry to say that the parking lot tours have firmly planted Reese on my irrational hate list. I used to be neutral/positive, giving credit where due for being able to carry a movie, but I just can’t stand to look at her and her smug smile bitch face and prissy little outfits any more. By the way, she doesn’t look too bad here, very simple, but the sandals are ugly. Is it wrong that I want to slap that smile off her face?

  • FibonacciSequins

    Not feeling it. Any of it. She lost me with the “do you know who I am” snottiness when her husband was pulled over and her pap outings make her look more fake, not less. Her outfits are Not Cute enough to make up for her attitude.

    I carry grocery bags that way all the time – I didn’t realize there was anything awe-inspiring about it!

  • Roz

    Stop trying to make palazzo cut-offs happen, Reese! Hahaha. Love the grocery bag clasp, as well.

  • AutumnInNY

    Adorable and normal. Love that monogram tote.

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    The handles on her whole foods bags never break I suppose….good grief.

  • RutGot

    I adore the shoes. 100%.