Reese Witherspoon at a Local Newstand in Brentwood

Posted on August 07, 2014

This is some next-level sidewalk promenade shit going on here. Taylor Swift and Dakota Fanning can’t even be bothered to put anything in their expensive borrowed purses, but Miss Reese makes sure to not only load up on magazines, but to shop for them right on the sidewalk, in full view of photographers.

BRAVA, darling. Well freaking played.



Reese-Witherspoon-GOTS-Charlotte-Olympia-Saint-Laurent-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Reese Witherspoon stops by a local newstand in Brentwood, California to purchase a large stack of magazines wearing a Tbags Los Angeles top paired with  Charlotte Olympia Sandy Beaded Starfish sandals and a Saint Laurent Sac De Jour bag.

Reese-Witherspoon-GOTS-Charlotte-Olympia-Saint-Laurent-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(2B) Tbags Los Angeles Panama Top | Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Bag | Charlotte Olympia Sandy Beaded Starfish Sandal

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Reese-Witherspoon-GOTS-Charlotte-Olympia-Saint-Laurent-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)

Reese-Witherspoon-GOTS-Charlotte-Olympia-Saint-Laurent-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)

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“Lalala. Hmmm. This one says Jennifer Lawrence is fat. Sold! This one says Ryan is a loser. Better get a second copy for my office. ‘Amy Adams’ Makeup Tips.’ GOD, no. Could you imagine?”

We’re telling you right now, and anyone who decides to write a think piece on this topic is free to quote us on this: In the Venn diagram space where fashion and celebrity overlap, the red carpet is no longer the primary venue for image craft or the primary tool for marketing brand awareness. The new celebrity catwalk is the sidewalk; from New York City to Beverly Hills, it’s all about sashaying down the street in ridiculously inappropriate outfits while pantomiming real world activities like parking, shopping or getting coffee. It’s only a matter of time before “Who are you wearing?” is going to somehow get worked into this charade. Since these events are photographed more than taped, we figure they’ll just start slapping extra large labels on everything. Or Post-It notes, if they don’t feel like being coy about it.





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  • Thomas

    Thank God she didn’t wear the skirt on the model. That zipper is a crime against humanity.

    • spirit52

      …not to mention that too much of that print would scorch my eyeballs. Not loving the sandals.

      • BayTampaBay

        I don’t like the sandals either.

    • RussellH88

      Getting your genitals stuck in zippers, It’s not just for men anymore!

      • Thomas

        Yes, it is very “easy access” though lol

        • RussellH88

          Which could be a bad thing. Someone runs up and unzips you and your pink bat could take flight.

          • Kitten Mittons

            …pink bat…..

            Excuse me for a sec.

            *most definitely does not go to the restroom to figure that one out*

          • Lupe

            Did you see Jon Leguizamo in Freak? That’s the only other time I’ve heard a reference to the “pink bat”? Too funny!

      • jilly_d


      • Lisalady161

        *Nearly spitting Mocha on my keyboard* I love how you consistently say witty, funny things. You make my day, Russell, you really do!

        • RussellH88

          I try to stay sharp because I’m pretty sure that when I get older I’m inevitably going to turn into Martha from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

          • Lisalady161

            That’s my very favorite theatrical character and sweetie, I’m already there. When you join me I’ll have the drinks ready.

      • kimmeister

        Anyone who doesn’t have a Brazilian wax is going to be in a world of trouble with that zipper.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      But it’s perfect when your lady bits need some air! 😉

      • Kent Roby

        Some lady gardens need air, sunshine, weeding, etc.

    • Couldn’t agree more, Thomas. That makes every sewers nerve I have spurt into flame.

      • quiltrx

        It’s not *just* that it’s ugly and cheap-looking, it’s that there is crazy gapping/pulling at the bottom and it looks so stiff and paunch-inducing at the top. Plus, who wants the bottom of a zipper digging into her belly while she’s shopping for magazines?
        Well played as usual, Reese. Cute shorts.

      • ecallaw1977

        Ha. That one took me a minute. The first time I read it I thought of “sewer” as in system that carries urine and feces, and like TLo, I thought, “Wut…?”

        • kimmeister

          ME TOO!!

          • marlie


        • Call me Bee

          That’s why some of us have started to call them “sewists”.

          • demidaemon

            What about “seamster?”

    • Swear this is the same thing I said to myself!

    • evave2

      That zipper takes the skirt in hideous. The top is cute. I LOVE the sandals.

      Does the purse look strange to anybody with the little handles stick straight up while she uses the long strap on her shoulder? My purses generally have an either/or look (not that I own anything like this cute little purse).

      Am I right to think that somebody calls somebody to say she’s out and about? Or are there always people trolling her area and since she does sidewalk couture all the time she’s the one always caught on film? I remember thinking Joe Manganiello looked like he really WAS out and about and doing things that gotta be done; here she looks posed. So is she posed because the camera guy came up to her or is she posing because
      she wants her picture taken?

      Also she DOES look like purse has something in it so I don’t dislike looking at her the way Taylor Swift just sets my brace-retainers on grind.

    • MartyBellerMask

      OK, I am late to the party, but YES. I was getting those emails.
      At first I thought it was trolls following me over from another site (where I *may* have pissed someone off), but I think it’s just garden variety trolls.
      Luckily, T Lo moderate this site very well and the comments get removed quickly. I’m not too worried about it anymore. 🙂 Especially reading that I’m not the only one!

      • Thomas

        Thanks! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one too! They’re always about making money or something like that. So annoying

  • Dino Bonačić

    Reese is the prima-ballerina of street-walking! 🙂

    • StellaZafella

      Whenever I notice someone dressed upscale in an otherwise common situation (i.e. Grocery shopping in $300 shoes) I name it ‘Witherspooning’…I admit that it’s more than half envy.

      • Glam Dixie

        I’m totally stealing that. Brilliant.

        • StellaZafella

          Consider it in the public domain…

      • Kent Roby

        It’s so much better than “Swifting” (i.e pretending to shop for groceries while wearing a ball gown).

        • stellavision

          Don’t you mean going to the gym?

          • Kent Roby

            I was giving a real-world situation to apply the term to, but, yes, Tay seems to mainly “work out”.

      • KendraMR

        I guess I was Witherspooning it in Walmart with my $200 DVF sandals (that I got for <$30 brand new).

        • StellaZafella

          I say, go ahead, Witherspoon it the f**k up! And nobody needs to know what you ACTUALLY spent for the DVF’s!

        • quiltrx

          I hope you gave a knowing half-smirk to the People of Wal-Mart types.

          • KendraMR

            I always do 😉

        • Call me Bee

          Oh yes. I do that all the time at Walgreen’s with my MK slouch bag (gotten at TJ Maxx on clearance for under $100)

    • schadenfreudelicious


    • butterflysunita

      She is really great at these “accidental” pap shots. Makes Taylor Swift look like such a rank amateur.

  • Capt. Renault

    This tour of hers is some real Andy Warhol Eating a Hamburger type stuff. Well done, Reese!

    • Thomas

      I’m starting to think that she might just do this dog and pony show for the bitter kittens now. We must keep cheering her on!

  • Mothra

    I am not convinced there’s anything in that handbag. I think I might be getting paranoid.

    • Sophie

      The magazines are too big for it, but there might be some keys and a banknote somewhere in that bag. Maybe.

  • mommyca

    How come she doesn’t have a subscription to all those magazines???? Uh?? 🙂

    • Thomas

      That was my first thought as well. That’s why this is so obviously staged.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        It’s part of the lovely fiction that Reese is “just like us”-look, she buys magazines off the rack. I give her a tip of the hat for carrying this off.

        • butterflysunita

          I’m giving her extra points for not even having a handler–at least not a visible one. Very skillful.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Reese is quite masterful at this business. If there is a handler, she probably has them stay at a very discreet distance.

      • BayTampaBay

        My first thought too! Magazine Subscriptions are so cheap (most anyway) that they are practically paying you to subscribe.

        • Thomas

          I’d understand if she was buying one mag cause I do that sometimes, but a whole stack? Please…

    • TwiddlyStun

      I was thinking she could read them on a tablet and avoid all that paper waste.

      • mommyca

        But if you carry a tablet around you cannot show the “Rolex” ad appearing in the back of the magazine… Hey! Can I get a Rolex if I walk around town with one of those magazines????

    • FrigidDiva

      Or, why isn’t she sending some hapless minion out to go and get them for her? Her going out and buying them stretches all possibility of credulity but I do so enjoy watching her pretend to be a normal person.

    • decormaven

      She’s just secured herself a cover shot on some major mags for buying print. We in publishing salute you, Ms. Witherspoon!

    • Grumpy Girl

      Go for the complete fantasy: Ava is having a teen slumber party and Reese is stocking up for the young ladies to peruse while they paint each others toenails.

      • mommyca

        I love this theory! 🙂

    • quiltrx

      See, she did that on purpose, buying magazines she probably already has. To make us BK’s (she’s obviously doing some positive version of trolling us now) think she’s taking them to a sick friend or something.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Cute sandals.
    Has Reese sent you a fruit basket yet, T Lo?

    • Kent Roby

      Those are the absolute perfect casual summer sandals, really cute.

    • Grumpy Girl

      Do they have mesh on the sides? The side of her foot just looks blurry in the photos. If it’s mesh, I like it and want it to better disguise my awkward small toes. But if it’s plastic, no thanks. I love the overall impression of the sandals, though: cute.

      • Linda LaPaz

        If you click on the link, you’ll see it’s mesh.

        • Janet B

          Thank goodness, I was worried about her toes for a second.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Brilliant Reese! I LOVE the Reese posts!!!! She’s such a pro! Brava!

  • FrauKrissie

    I wasn’t even going to open this post because I kinda wasn’t interested. However, the phenomenon happening here along with the assumed dialog in Miss Reese ‘ s head made this entirely worthwhile!

    • Janet B

      Even when you don’t care about the subject T Lo make it worth your time.

  • Glam Dixie

    This woman is out and about a ton. Doesn’t she ever just spend the day at home? This tour is exhausting, I really feel for her and understand that it’s been going on so long that her feet needed a day off from the heels, however I don’t care for those sandals very much. I got some way cuter at Target. Maybe you could take the tour there next.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I’m going to assume that this all went down exactly as photographed: Reese handles all the magazines, probably bending some corners and putting them back in the wrong spots, and then just walked away without paying. Because she’s Reese Fucking Witherspoon, and she does not trifle with dirty paper money.

    Not loving the outfit. The shorts look navy in that last pic, and it’s bugging the hell out of me. And those starfish on her feet are squishing her toes.

  • Those starfish sandals are hilarious, but for some reason they make me think of the bathroom.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, they would make excellent anti-slip pads for the tub. As adult sandals, I think they’re kind of ugly and juvenile.

      • Yes, that’s it! I had a feeling it was a shower connection. Thanks.

  • leahpapa

    Short-waisted solidarity, yo. That crop top just looks like a proportional blouse on her, bless.

    • Peri7473

      Actually, i think that she is fairly well proportioned, just really short.

    • kimmeister

      I have the exact opposite problem. Cropped pants on others are regular pants on me.

  • elemspbee

    cute top. hate the shorts and the flat shoes.

  • Wink

    For some reason those sandals look more uncomfortable than most. And they look like red felt material.

  • RescueMe23

    I love the Reese sidewalk-catwalk this summer.. She knows how to work it.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    WOW. That Parking Lot Tour 2014 must have been really successful since she’s expanded to magazine stands.

  • Denise Rambo

    Those sandals are CUTE! But what is going on with the toes on her left foot? It almost looks like they’ve been blurred out in the photos. Weird.

    • lindsmh

      Illusion netting on shoes. You can see it on the pic of just the shoe. What is the world coming to??

  • Anna

    Coming soon: Reese being photographed at Barnes & Noble. With a copy of Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me. *make that happen Gossip Genie*

    • Frank_821

      okay Tlo’s people must arrange something with her people and we can all pretend it was a spontaneous coincidence

  • hillmeredith

    And now I will spend twenty minutes thinking about what magazines she bought. In other thoughts, the barbie pearls are getting to me a bit.

  • Anique Ashraf

    Those earrings take the look from upscale casual straight to upscale bitch. I love it.

  • sherrietee

    Those shoes are ridiculous.

  • Dany

    The skirt on the model’s photo is HIDEOUS

  • bessann28

    Reese always wears the cutest shoes.

  • Lisalady161

    Ooooh! It’s ‘Pretty Shoe Day’ at TLo central! Me likey, especially since those are shoes I could actually wear. Not afford, but wear.

  • I think it is part of a wider phenomenon of presuming 24-hour access to celebrities. We want them on instagram, we want them to retweet us on our birthdays, we want them to belong to us not just when they are performing. So shopping and going to the gym become part of the performance. Exhausting really.

    • Judy_J

      Its part of the “Celebrities! They’re just like us!” mentality.

    • FrigidDiva

      Agreed. I’m not sure I’d want to be a celebrity if part of my job function was telling my PR team to let the paps know where I’d happen to be so they could snap a picture of me “acting normal”, then again it seems like if you’re genuinely talented you don’t have to work so hard to stay relevent, ala Taylor “Try-Hard” Swift.

    • Janet B

      I guess that’s why some want to be known as “actors”.
      /end snooty voice


  • SewingSiren

    Holy crap! How much money does she spend at the newsstand in one go?

    • Grumpy Girl

      I think the same thing with Mr Grump. Maybe if he realizes who else is in his buying too many expensive magazines club, the lightbulb will go on for him?

  • your face

    Wow, that is a lot of magazines. I receive one magazine weekly, and I find it difficult to keep up with it. Her giant stack gave me anxiety sweats just thinking about how frantically I’d need to plow through them before the next ones show up.

    However, she is my ideal plane seatmate. Lots of magazines and narrow shoulders, and probably not too chatty.

  • Shelby

    I covet that purse.

  • ovarB

    In the Hunger Games that is Hollywood celebrity and fame, Reese is the quintessential Katniss vying for the affections of sponsors.

    Spot on commentary about the sidewalk being the new catwalk. Time for reinvention and La Reese is the lead inventor.

  • Radish

    I feel like I’m the only one who hates the sandals..?

    • FrigidDiva

      I like them…for a toddler. Then again, I have wide feet, so I’d never be able to wear such constricting sandals like that so I may be suffering from irrational foot envy.

    • FibonacciSequins

      You’re not the only one. Someone else pointed out they have illusion netting. They were ugly enough without it.

      • MilaXX

        I guess the illusion netting is insurance against runaway pinky toes.

      • Radish

        Oooh that’s what’s up with her toes. I was wondering!

      • ktr33

        ILLUSION NETTING! gawd, no! I didn’t even like them without noticing that. ok, completely unacceptable.

  • Bonnie Blue

    I wouldn’t mind living her lifestyle for just a few days. She’s out and about in the sunshine in pretty outfits and purses. I’m sitting in a cubicle and I haven’t seen the sun in 27 years at this place.

  • SugarSnap108

    That is some stack of mags. She really does have a lot of free time, I guess.

    The outfit is very cute. Perfect choice to lose that hideous skirt on the model.

    • Shawn EH

      You said it! I love her need to have all the magazines, likes she’s going to set up at Starbucks for the next three hours. Love the shorts and shoes.

  • mommyca

    TLo, the links for the bag and the sandals are mixed up 🙂
    ($2000 for the bag!!! and you cannot even fit those magazines in!!!)

  • nannypoo

    You know, Reese, you can sign up to get these delivered right to your house. We call that a “subscription”.

    • frannyprof

      Subsciptions are for peasants, dontcha know?! 😉

    • PastryGoddess

      Oh don’t ruin it for the rest of us!

  • NWMothra

    Really poor fitting shorts. Gapping side pockets, pooching front, ugh.

    • frannyprof

      I know, right? She tends to wear shorts and skirts that make her look poochy, and we know she’s a size 000. Part of me (the shallow part) appreciates her “real world” (celebrity edition) approach to dressing..

  • frannyprof

    Reese is Queen of the Sidewalk Catwalk, no question. But no one, NO ONE, will ever beat Ms. Britney’s 2004 Summer Barefoot Tour of Public Restrooms. Epic.

  • Karen Belgrad

    So, in addition to PLITFU, Reese is now going to SWITFU up too? (yes, I know sidewalk is one word, but SW looks better than S)

  • She looks good, but those flat sandals make my feet hurt just looking at them.

  • Shalhevet

    Cute sandals. Love the vivid red.

  • Lovely chic little outfit for her! Looks great!

  • Imasewsure

    Broken record… she’s too old for her outfit (even though she looks cute)… new comment…. those shoes are ug

  • Loladog10

    But…but…maybe she really is buying magazines?! High-brow things like Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, and The Atlantic? She ought to pull a Steven Cobert and promote a cover story or two. Anyway, the hell with the outfit. That is one BEAUTIFUL looking newsstand!!!!!

  • Ann VerWiebe

    That seriously is a LOT of magazines! And I thought I had a print journalism issue.

  • MilaXX

    This is why Reese is the queen of the sidewalk/parking stroll. You almost believe this is a real moment.

  • fromanotherplanet

    Every time I see her I think of “I’m an A-ME-RUUUU-CAAAN citizen.”

  • jahphotogal

    So just to be clear. You are telling us who are ignorant of the nuts and bolts of celebrity culture, that clothing designers give celebs clothes with the understanding that they will take a walk to the corner store, and tip off the paparazzi when and where they are going, and that’s it, that’s the deal? Designer gets publicity, actress gets pretty clothes to keep (I assume?) and and an ego boost? Is there more to the equation?

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I never wear shorts (my legs are so peely wally they glow in the dark) but I kinda like those shorts.

  • marlie

    This is one of the first of Reese’s sidewalk looks that I don’t like. I HATE the top, and the shoes are too cutesy for me. Still, I’ll take that purse.

    And is stocking up for a long flight or something? Maybe a few days of R&R at the beach?

  • The caption on the photo has me in hysterics: “to purchase a large stack of magazines.” Seriously, is she making a collage? An inspiration board? I didn’t even buy that many magazines in one go when I was planning my wedding! There can be no doubt that she looks cute and perfectly turned out.

  • V No Privacy

    Does Reese and others like her (Taytay S., Dakota, etc.) get paid for these outings? Just curious.

  • And the title of the think piece will be, “Celebrities! They’re Just Like Us!”
    Maybe when she’s finished all this reading she can send the magazines to Taylor, who can then read them during the hundreds of hours she spends at the gym.
    (BTW, she’s got $50 worth of magazines there, easy. I know that’s probably the size of the tip she leaves for the parking attendant, but still….)

  • Columbinia

    I don’t get why Ms. Witherspoon is participating in these photo pantomimes. Doesn’t she have children and a life? Doesn’t she have more stature than this?

  • Trishington

    I’m starting to feel a little sorry for her. She’s trying soooooooo hard to be young and cute. It’s just sad because she’s just naturally cute and doesn’t have to try so hard. I have $5 that says this time next year she’ll have jumped on the Juvederm/Restylane bandwagon and have lips twice the size of Meg Ryan’s. Although, the good news will be that Meg will get a free injection for having referred Reese.

  • Jane Patterson

    The one time she knows she is going to be buying a lot of bulky things is when she DOESN”T carry a huge bag?

  • ktr33

    She looks cute, to me, *despite* the ugly top, questionable sandals, and — sorry — an empty, tho really pretty, bag. I like the bun and the shades. That’s it. WAIT! that illusion netting on the sandals was just brought to my attention, which moves them from “questionable” to unquestionably awful.

  • vickilu

    “Thanks for drinking Starbucks, what name should we write on your cup?”

    – “Hm? Oh, Prada.”

  • Are her feet photoshopped? They look kinda funny.

  • SophieCollier

    This outfit is too cute! I love the starfish sandals.

    • HeisenbergHattie

      Thanks for figuring out the sandals. I need coffee.

  • Ali2044

    The only way this could be better is if all those magazines were porn.

  • lobsterlen

    Obviously Reese is collecting all those magazines to cut out pictures of her “enemies” for her Voodoo altar. Thank goodness she didn’t wear that skirt its horrible.