Hamzi Hijazi and Jaime Pressly
Janet Mayer/Splash News Online
10/24/2011 at 04:00 PM EDT
It's been a tumultuous year
for Jaime Pressly but 2011 seems to be ending on a good note – at least romantically speaking.
The actress brought her new beau, Hamzi Hijazi, along to celebrate Mohegan Sun's 15th anniversary on Saturday in Connecticut. The pair watched Jennifer Lopez
's emotional concert
along with newlyweds Nick Lachey
and Vanessa Minnillo
, then attended the afterparty at Ballo inside Mohegan Sun.
Pressly, 34, who filed for divorce
from entertainment lawyer Simran Singh in January, said she and Hijazi met at Lorin, his shoe store in downtown Santa Monica, Calif. The former My Name Is Earl
star, who next stars in the Fox sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter
, described their first encounter as fateful.
"I literally walked into the shoe store with my girlfriends one day shopping and there he was, so it was a kismet kind of thing," she tells PEOPLE. "It was great." – K.C. Baker and Liz Raftery