Hi, my name is Helen Brookes and I am
@40plusnotgivingupyet

I am a SHOPPING ADDICT who craves the opportunity to help women get back their mojo and feel the very best they can.

I love sharing my high street finds (and fails!) on my Insta feed and you can tune into my honest try-on sessions anytime, anywhere via my daily Instagram Stories @40plusnotgivingupyet.

I’ll answer all your burning fashion questions such as;

  • Which SIZE should I buy?
  • What does the material FEEL like?
  • Will it show my BULGY bits?
  • What kind of UNDERWEAR will I need?
  • How can I DRESS IT UP or down?
  • And of course….does it have POCKETS?!

We’ve all ordered online and been bitterly disappointed when the garment arrives, usually in the wrong size or fabric. My aim is to save your precious time and pain. I’ll give you the real deal before you hit the button!

I’m a hungry bargain hunter and definitely not into designer clobber (I don’t have the cash and even if we did, I think a trip to Mauritius would be more my bag!).

I love nothing more than a charity shop find too. There are such hidden gems to be found! And occasionally I shout out about the beauty products and fake tan secrets that I can’t live without!

I am also a mum with a very tolerant husband!

Helen

Hi, my name is Helen Brookes and I am
@40plusnotgivingupyet

I am a SHOPPING ADDICT who craves the opportunity to help women get back their mojo and feel the very best they can.

I love sharing my high street finds (and fails!) on my Insta feed and you can tune into my honest try-on sessions anytime, anywhere via my daily Instagram Stories @40plusnotgivingupyet

I’ll answer all your burning fashion questions such as;

Which SIZE should I buy? What does the material FEEL like?
Will it show my BULGY bits? What kind of UNDERWEAR will I need?
How can I DRESS IT UP or down? And of course….does it have POCKETS?!

We’ve all ordered online and been bitterly disappointed when the garment arrives, usually in the wrong size or fabric. My aim is to save your precious time and pain. I’ll give you the real deal before you hit the button!

I’m a hungry bargain hunter and definitely not into designer clobber (I don’t have the cash and even if we did, I think a trip to Mauritius would be more my bag!).

I love nothing more than a charity shop find too. There are such hidden gems to be found! And occasionally I shout out about the beauty products and fake tan secrets that I can’t live without!

I am also a mum with a very tolerant husband!

Helen

Hi, my name is
Helen Brookes and I am
@40plusnotgivingupyet

I am a SHOPPING ADDICT who craves the opportunity to help women get back their mojo and feel the very best they can.

I love sharing my high street finds (and fails!) on my Insta feed and you can tune into my honest try-on sessions anytime, anywhere via my daily Instagram Stories @40plusnotgivingupyet.
I’ll answer all your burning fashion questions such as;
Which SIZE should I buy?
What does the material FEEL like?
Will it show my BULGY bits?
What kind of UNDERWEAR will I need?
How can I DRESS IT UP or down?
And of course….does it have POCKETS?!
We’ve all ordered online and been bitterly disappointed when the garment arrives, usually in the wrong size or fabric. My aim is to save your precious time and pain. I’ll give you the real deal before you hit the button!
I’m a hungry bargain hunter and definitely not into designer clobber (I don’t have the cash and even if we did, I think a trip to Mauritius would be more my bag!).
I love nothing more than a charity shop find too. There are such hidden gems to be found! And occasionally I shout out about the beauty products and fake tan secrets that I can’t live without!

I am also a mum with a very tolerant husband!

Helen

Let ME try before YOU buy!

It’s a lottery buying online.  Let me road-test your purchases – before you click buy!  I take the best of the current high street fashion and feed back to you about it’s cut, sizing, quality and how best to style it. Time saving reviews delivered straight to your phone!

Let ME try before YOU buy!

It’s a lottery buying online.  Let me road-test your purchases – before you click buy!  I take the best of the current high street fashion and feed back to you about it’s cut, sizing, quality and how best to style it. Time saving reviews delivered straight to your phone!

My Instagram @40plusnotgivingupyet

Shortly after this pic I got absolutely soaked in a typical British downpour and required a cup of tea as an emergency warm up but this is as close to the Med as many of us are getting this summer so I got the pic🤣. Plus did you know bougainvillea is considered good luck?!!? So saying hell yes to that please for all of us right?!
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Actually at the @edenprojectcornwall the Mediterranean biome pretty bloody impressive 👏 a good day out and remember BOOK AHEAD!!! Lots to see, clean picnic areas and be warned it is huge! Kids also did the separate activity aerial adventure next door which they loved but again remember to book. It was £££ but they loved it and after all that outdoors activity I felt pretty happy leaving them to their devices later 🙈.
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If you are going to Cornwall:
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✔Do get to the beach early to avoid the crowds FFS I mean same everywhere I wouldn't do St Ives on a Sunday pm just as I wouldn't do Brighton or Bournemouth anytime
✔Enjoy the four seasons in one day weather(TAKE WATERPROOFS and SPF!).
✔Book everywhere!!! It's the only way (again same everywhere!)
✔Pack tonnes of masks. Way more than you think you need. Makes life sooo much easier!
✔Eat scones with clotted cream at equal thickness and pasties and ice cream
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✔And when it starts to look busy go back to your sleeping den and read a book (or sit on your phone ahem). And then breathe out that you got this far through 2020.
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❌NB It is not obligatory to dress in stripes and waterproofs and borrow your friend's dog so you look like a wannabe Boden ad that is just what I do when I get to Cornwall. CLICHÉ CORNWALL RIGHT THERE but I was the only one dressed like this (in Scotland you wanna see me in my kilt and sporran!)...
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GIVEAWAY win a whopping £250 to spend at @mandco_fashion to spend how you wish! Something for you? For the kids? Homeware? You could splash out on everyone I'm actually excited for the winner here it's like an online trolley dash! Oh and there is a discount code too HB20 for 20% off full price for those that can't wait!
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There really are some fab buys at @mandco_fashion that I love; the denim jacket I swear by, the jeans that still fit post lockdown and are sooo soft, or some gorgeous tops like this love heart joyous one that I shared yesterday.

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The girls have been CHUFFED to bits with their picks from the @kylie_mandco range especially for teen and pre-teen girls. It is hard finding stuff for girls as you tightrope between kids and young adult but they have nailed it for me and Pops finally has a mesh top (she has been hankering after one for a while but this is the first one I approve of!). And Lola rocks the paperbag denim shorts like I never could. No bias😂.
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The winner will get £250 rrp to be able to spend as they wish on the M&Co website. All you need to do is this:
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To be in with a chance to win all you have to do is:
. ⭐Like this post ⭐Follow myself and @mandco_fashion ⭐Tag two friends below in the comments (or more, the more you do as separate comments the more entries you have!)
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That's it! The competition is open to all my followers WORLDWIDE until Saturday 8th August at 8pm when I shall draw the winner on stories. One winner will receive £250 rrp to spend at M&Co.  This competition is not endorsed by or affiliated with Instagram. Good luck!
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*For clarity this is not a paid post but I do work with @mandco_fashion we just thought this might brighten up someone's week!!!*
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☀️ stripes
☀️ beach hut
☀️ nonchalant gaze into distance
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..continuing my beach hut 40plus obsession. And while I'm here quick write up of Brighton must dos as promised I need to add to this this is SO obviously just some of my faves but off the cuff here they are:
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⭐@prelovedofbrighton currently open Fri and Sat check times preloved madness you will find gems. It is on outskirts in Five Ways but worth the detour - ⭐
@rebound_store_ on prom near i360 more amazing secondhand gems ⭐
@martletscharityshops all of them are different all VERY good scattered around Brighton and Hove ⭐
@oxfambrighton it is just an epic charity shop ⭐
@artrepublic amazing art to gaze at ⭐ The Lanes - wander and browse and gaze. The main high st is all there but nothing as good as the individual stores in the Lanes ⭐ @bertshomestore there are a couple in Brighton both fabulous home stuff you won't come out without buying something ⭐@oliversbrighton
Harry Potter fans will LOVE it ⭐ @bohogelatobtn ice cream to die for ⭐
@bechocolatbrighton incredible amazing chocolate ⭐ @velvethove last but not least absolutely fab home and clothes stuff again on Hove borders. Left it till last as the location is a fabulous place to park and walk in for less than £6 (Brighton parking costs an arm and a leg!). Or let the train take the strain!
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Feel free to add more⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ I get asked this daily and these are just a handful of must dos what's yours?!?!?
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⭐Dress @veryuk
⭐Sandals @nextofficial
⭐ Earrings @ashianalondon
⭐Sunglasses @tkmaxxuk lenses put in by @cuckfield_i_wear
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There isn't a plant I can't kill. Most of these have gone to the garden in the sky but didn't they look gorgeous while they were part of the family?
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Stencilled wall by me and my pal @katehillstylist I wanted tiles but none were vibrant enough so we designed our own and got stencilling. You can even buy this stencil now at The Print company (not an ad I'm just proud and not on insta so saved in my bathroom highlights) be warned doing it in several colours it is a labour of love (thank you for EVER Kate) but it is utterly joyous. Will link in stories. Colour makes me happy 😍.
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Painting 🖼 from @blackout_shop_brighton
another Brighton MUST
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Normally I hate all this type of stuff but you know what it's pretty lovely to shout out women supporting women so I'll go with it and thanks for the nominations @ystyleireland and @desmadreando 😍 two pals I've made on here one in Ireland 🇮🇪 one in Spain 🇪🇸 both bloody lovely.
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This is me, on a family picnic, with what appears to be my dog 🐕 doing a number two in the background. Nauseating though it is it's a good metaphor for everyone right? There is always a whole load of shit going on!!! Without my girlfriends I definitely couldn't get through. We lift each other up right? I'm not going to nominate forwards anyone in particular I think I wanna just say ALL of you lot lift me up. It may be just an app but the interactions I get from you all and the DMs and the real life friends I've made; it means a LOT. So if any of you lot also want to get involved in the challenge post a black and white pic of yourself. You could, if you like tag, tag #40plusmademedoit then we can all check you out too by searching the hashtag.
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As Betty White says * Why do people say "grow some balls"? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.*
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PS Oh and if you watch my stories you will know that even though Daisy didn't actually do a poo here I did go over and do a hunt and make sure everyone in the vicinity knew she hadn't done one while waving the poo bags around. The phantom poo of dog walkers is a real thing and can cause anxiety and I've had lots of dms about it today so I know you lot are my crew😂.
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