updated 02/08/2008 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/11/2008 AT 6:00 AM ET
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, shopping together at kitschy T-shirt shop Y-Que on Vermont Ave. in Los Feliz, Calif. They walked in holding hands, and immediately started browsing the Los Angeles-themed shirts, hunting for ones featuring their favorite neighborhoods. When Bell finally found the “Studio City” shirt she’d been hunting for, she got really excited and the two celebrated with a very long kiss.
Ellen Pompeo, arriving for dinner at New York’s Waverly Inn hand-in-hand with husband Chris Ivery. But it wasn’t just a private date: The couple was joined by Diddy. The rapper arrived with an entourage of six – but they all sat at a different table while he hung out with the Grey’s Anatomy star. Meanwhile, Pompeo and her pals engaged in lively conversation, a fellow diner tells us, and they even left together when they finished their meal.
Ashlee Simpson, holding court on the VIP patio with beau Pete Wentz at Fuse’s Pre-Grammy Awards party at GOA in Hollywood. The singer, sporting a short black and white dress, later followed Wentz into the club as he took to the turntables. Also at the hotspot: Paris Hilton, who hung in the balcony to watch Panic At the Disco perform and later hugged pal Simon Rex inside.
New parents Joel Madden and Nicole Richie, joining friends for dinner in the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Richie glowed as radiantly as her sequined brown and black mini-dress, an onlooker says. And Madden, who was dressed in all black with matching black derby-style hat, held her hand, appearing protective of Richie as guests of the hotel checked them out.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, dining together in the tap room of Irving Mill in New York.
By ELAINE ARADILLAS, JESSICA HERNDON, SARA LIBBY and JEFFREY SLONIM