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Kristin Cavallari, BELLA New York magazine

Courtesy Gilles Toucas Photography/BELLA New York magazine

It's nice to see Kristin Cavallari with a big smile on her face.

2015 was a roller coaster year for the former Hills star, but 2016 seems (for the most part) to be going a little more smoothly. In her first official post-baby (no. 3!) photos from her BELLA New York magazine shoot, Kristin looks fit, radiant and ready for spring.

Part of that glow, she tells BELLALAMag.com in a behind-the-scenes interview, comes from accepting that she can't always "do everything perfectly"—no matter how hard she tries. The 29-year-old fashion designer seems to be doing a pretty good job at it, though, and she's the first to admit she's "very lucky to do the things that I love and be able to make my own hours."

Kristin Cavallari, BELLA New York magazine

Courtesy Gilles Toucas Photography/BELLA New York magazine

"I have a shoe line and a jewelry line, and I can work on those from anywhere," she says. "And with the book [Balancing in Heels], same thing, you know, I could write it in my spare time, when the kids are sleeping or my husband [Jay Cutler] could watch them and let me write for a little while, and so I'm very fortunate to sort of have everything."

Kristin says she's "had to pass on a few really exciting opportunities" career-wise that would've kept her in L.A., but she's maintained a robust professional life. "Who knows what will happen in five years, but right now, my priority is my family," she says.

Kristin Cavallari, BELLA New York magazine

Courtesy Gilles Toucas Photography/BELLA New York magazine

For lots of BTS footage of Kristin, check out BELLA L.A. magazine's website. Her full interview with BELLA New York magazine hits stands on March 1.