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October 13, 2011

Style and Fashion Pick-Me-Up: Bargain Shopping

Filed under: politics, taste — Tags: , , , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 4:04 pm

Michelle’s Target shopping excursion must have polled well because they are at it again (h/t DH):

She told Al Roker of the “Today” show that she recently went to Petco to buy food for the first dog, Bo. Nobody recognized her until she showed the cashier her credit card.

Mrs. Obama told Roker, “The cashier asked me, ‘Oh, what kind of dog is that?’ I said, ‘A Portuguese water dog.’ He didn’t recognize us because he didn’t expect that we would be in Petco.” She continued, “They’re looking right through you. They don’t know it’s me.”

This isn’t the first time the first lady has shopped on the sly. She made waves earlier this year when she was spotted shopping at Target. In her talk with Roker, she also referenced a few other places she may have visited. “They don’t expect to see me at Starbucks or at Chipotle,” she said.

The trips, she says, help her and her two daughters maintain a sense of normalcy.

I’m surprised Bo (what does that stand for, body odor?) doesn’t eat Whole Foods dog food, and I’m quite certain there are better places to get overpriced coffee than Starbucks.  Maintaining normalcy, however, must be a challenge with all the vacations Michelle lined up for her entourage.

I shop at Target because it offers nice styles and, for the most part, decent quality for a good price.  I have no respect for the First Lady’s Potemkin shopping trips because if I were as wealthy as her I’d shop elsewhere.  Act your income, Michelle.

Speaking of which, I went to TJ Maxx this week to buy some socks for the cold weather.  I was passing the shoe department and though: “When do they have good shoes at TJ’s.  Never!  I can check out what they have because I’m in no danger of actually finding anything I want.”  How wrong was I.

Betsy Johnson


Betsy Johnson stilettos can go for ten times as much at Macy’s.  I wasn’t exactly looking for party shoes, and this style is not exactly the structured look favored this season.  But who cares, they are timeless, and I’ll sure get to wear them again and again.

On the other hand, why so cheap?  Are they made in China?  Nowhere on the shoe does it say where they are made, so they have to be made in China.  The top is satin, but the sole is leather.

Leather sole

Cute hearts, and cute metal plate.

But wait, on the other shoe it says “vero cuoio” in Italian.  Was one shoe made in Italy and another one in China?


"040" on the left is the price; I'm not lying about it.

I was trying to think of a reason not to buy the shoes.  Perhaps they are poorly made uncomfortable Chinese shoes.  So I tried them on… and the fit was perfect.  Sure, I don’t need another pair, but the are so easy to wear.  And I guess, I’m just sort of greedy this way.  Am I going to let another woman find this pair, wear them and brag?  No way!  And if I decide to leave the store and come back later the same day if I decide I really want the pair, there is a good chance that they’ll be gone.  That’s how hot they are.

Oh, and DH liked them.



  1. I’m sure that whole shopping thing was a set-up, if it happened at all. “Oh, look at how normal we are!” Riiiight.

    I do like Target, though– got a couple of lovely sheet sets from there.

    Those shoes rock! I’ve give up on heels, though– they simply kill me.

    Comment by Karen Howes — October 13, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

  2. ………and then there was that heart-warming moment when Michelle Obama went for an impromptu visit to Burger King: “I’m the First Lady. Give me a damn burger now you plebe!”

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — October 14, 2011 @ 4:10 am

  3. Karen,
    Don’t get me wrong, I like Target very much. 🙂 But what I like the best about it is value. If we were rich, I’d upgrade to another store.
    I found that well-made stilettos are comfier than poorly made flats, and this pair feels good on.

    That, actually, I believe.

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — October 14, 2011 @ 10:17 am

  4. She [Michelle Obama] continued, “They’re looking right through you. They don’t know it’s me.”

    I find that hard to believe.

    Comment by Always On Watch — October 14, 2011 @ 11:17 am

  5. Cute shoes. Not a necessary purchase, but still the right decision. I think there’s a saying about this . . . something about “if the shoe fits” . . .



    Comment by nooneofanyimport — October 15, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  6. AOW,
    I don’t believe it either.

    Thank you.

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — October 16, 2011 @ 11:04 am

  7. […] I have a few Betsey Johnson items in my closet, I can’t say I was ever a big fan.  I don’t think she’s a couturier […]

    Pingback by Hope and Change Meets Style and Fashion Pick-Me-Up: Betsy Johnson Has Filed for Bankruptcy « sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue — May 16, 2012 @ 11:47 am

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