updated 01/13/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/14/2011 AT 6:00 AM ET
Mom-to-be Kate Hudson was “relaxed, smiling and in good spirits,” during a dinner out with two friends at Indochine in N.Y.C. Though her rocker beau Matthew Bellamy wasn’t there, the actress was enjoying the company of her pals. “It was a nice, quiet, happy dinner among friends,” the onlooker says. When it was time to leave, Hudson’s server pulled out the table for her.
Julianne Hough, updating her wardrobe just in time for awards season – and she took her sister Katherine shopping with her at Sen, a boutique in L.A. The sisters dove right in, checking out jewelry and handbags and trying on dresses. According to an onlooker, they were putting on “an impromptu, private laugh-filled fashion show.” Hough bought her sister a black cocktail dress and left the store with four dresses for herself.
Sarah Jessica Parker shared a simple lunch with girlfriends at 75 Main Street, a restaurant in Southampton, N.Y. The actress munched on a chopped salad with shrimp, and was laughing and talking excitedly with her pals.
Mary J. Blige, entertaining the crowd at her own birthday bash. The R&B star’s hubby threw her a surprise tropical-themed 40th birthday bash at New York’s Skylight West – and Blige teamed up with Anita Baker for a tearful duet on “Caught up in the Rapture” after saying how much Baker’s music touched her growing up.
By REAGAN ALEXANDER, JENNIFER GARCIA and LIZ MCNEIL