Reality star Kristin Cavallari admits she shed a few tears on New Year's Eve, following the death of her brother Michael.
The 28-year-old's family was left devastated when Michael's body was discovered on 10 December (15), weeks after he was reported missing in Utah.
While the star and her loved ones await the autopsy report, Kristin has been doing her best to continue with daily life and making the holidays special for her three children with husband Jay Cutler; sons Camden, three and Jaxon, 19-months, and five-week-old daughter Saylor.
For New Year's Eve (31Dec15), the couple decided to have a low-key evening out, and it proved to be quite emotional for Kristin at times.
"Last night was the second time I've put makeup on in over 5 weeks and left the house (besides the grocery store and taking Cam to school)," she wrote on Instagram on Friday (01Jan16), alongside a photograph of her and Jay as she held a cocktail while wearing a black ensemble.
"Even though I shed a few tears, it was a really nice night and felt good to be out. 2015 brought my sweet, baby girl but it also took my brother's life. Hoping for no extreme highs and lows this year. Happy new year, everyone."
Kristin welcomed her daughter on 23 November (15), just days before Michael went missing, and she recently credited her baby girl with giving her some much needed strength during such a difficult time.
"My little angel, Saylor," she captioned an Instagram picture of her baby's legs and feet. "She has been my light throughout this whole thing and has given me so much strength. Thank you baby girl for coming when u did. (sic)."
Kristin married Chicago Bears quarterback Jay in 2013, having welcomed first child Camden together the previous year.