Today is such a special day… My baby turns 1! I know, time flies by when you’re having fun.

Since its inception, It’s Tillie! has been one of the most rewarding mile markers I’ve taken on. This site has taught me more about business, specifically the business of blogging, than most other jobs, which makes sense. You can’t jump into a body of water with sharks, not knowing how to swim, without learning from that experience. Ok, maybe the shark comparison is a bit dramatic, but imagine jumping into a place with no protector. If you didn’t know how to swim then, you sure as hell would learn how to, or sink to your death.

So, from day one of planning, I formulated what It’s Tillie! would be, where no compromises would be made, and promise to stay true to my personal ethos. There have definitely been moments where I’d wish I’d suck it up and post about things I think are shit just to save a few hundred dollars, but that shoulder angel always grounded me and reminded me that it’s ok if your voice doesn’t appeal to the masses. You didn’t create this site for the approval of others, you created it as a commitment to yourself.

But, none of this could have been possible without other championing me along the way, and for that I thank you. To everyone that follows us on our social media channels…thank you. To all the PR firms and individual representatives that have supported me even when my numbers didn’t meet your company requirements…thank you. To everyone that has shared my post and site link to friends, family, strangers… thank you. To my nearest and dearest…. thank you. To my web developer who makes technological miracles happen… thank you. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I love you more than words could ever express and appreciate all of you.

Sadly there isn’t a big anniversary party, but there is a big giveaway! Last week I stopped by the Cosmoprof New York preview where they had a portion of the brands you’ll see come July in Las Vegas. Each brand gave an item for a giveaway, so I thought there’s no better time than today. I’ll be posting this on all social media channels, but to enter, you MUST follow the instructions. Make sure to FOLLOW, and LIKE the post. Then, in the comments tell us one of your dreams or aspirations in life. One (1) lucky winner will win all these goodies pictured below which includes – (5) Manna Kadar lip shades and bag, (1) LONDONTOWN gel genius top coat, (1) LVX polish, (1) EMANI vegan primer and lipstick, (1) NAIRIAN night serum, (1) Balanced Guru organic balanced scalp treatment, (1) Mullein & Sparrow body oil, (1) pair of BATTINGTON silk lashes, (1) Intelligent Nutrients travel set, and (1) Feather & Bone face tablet. You have until June 30, 2017 11:59PM EST to enter.

There will be a two runners-up that’ll win some great goodies as well, so enter! You could be one of our winners. [truth be told, you’re already a winner in my eyes!]