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 share stuff I love, bargains and discounts and answer your burning fashion questions such as;

  • Which SIZE should I buy? (size 12 in one store? size 16 in another? or can I size down)
  • What does the material FEEL like? (itchy? cheap? silky? Do I need to iron?)
  • Will it show my BULGY bits? (we’ve all got them just what to wear to make you feel as confident as you can)
  • What kind of UNDERWEAR will I need? (I love a bit of control underwear but also let’s talk practicality if it’s see through you need to know)
  • How can I DRESS IT UP or down? (insta style with heels don’t always transfer well to the real world where you’re probably just going to Lidl)
  • 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. Don’t think it’s you. My mantra is if it makes you feel rubbish, or it’s all wrong then IT’S NOT YOU IT’S THE DRESS!

I’m also 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’ll share the deals and discount codes and if I can I’ll try and wrangle a code for you! I share the beauty products and fake tan secrets that I can’t live without too, anything that helps my mid 40s!

I’m also pretty random and share lots of the stuff I love; family life, VERY simple foolproof recipes, and travel and just life as a Mum of three – my two girls Lola and Poppy, and George my nephew.  I’ve been hit hard by loss in the past having lost my sister, and my Mum and Dad and I will talk about grief sporadically as it’s a huge part of my life and I’m happy to normalise it and share. Oh and there is also  a very tolerant husband in the wings but he NEVER appears on insta.


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

Winter Fedora WOULD YOU???

I love it. Just got sent it in post as a lovely surprise gift from @boutiquebonitaglobal and 15% off using code 40PLUS if you guys want to see. I had their summer fedora LOVED IT you saw it a lot. Now I just have to work out if i can style out the winter version.

Rest of outfit @peacocks_fashion blazer and jeans NEW IN part of @louiseredknapp launched today try on ad in stories now
Boots @theshoegirlsuk own brand
Bag @coach via @oxfamgb !

#40plusnotgivingupyet #autumnstyle #fedora

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Or you could call it ‘reasons I already overheated by 9am this morning’. Not ready for knits and full on Spanx yet but here’s one outfit I will wear. Eventually. Hence the music it was very hot 🥵 😂.

Although the trainers ANYTIME and @veja they’re a new find at @cr_uk in my size and scrubbed up well and probably up there with one of my best charity shop finds yet 😍.

Jumper @hm linked in stories
Leather leggings @spanx @amazonfashioneu
Bag @nashandduff pr
Trainers @veja campo via @cr_uk charity shops I KNOW WHAT AN EPIC FIND!!!! 🙌🙌🙌

#40plusnotgivingupyet #hmxme #grwm #founditonamazon #charityshopfind

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Yesterday’s try on. Bloody love the whole shebang but the message is size up in those trousers AND THEN SOME.

@hm will save to highlights

#40plusnotgivingupyet #40plusstyle #midsizestyle #midsize -

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I am still not comfortable with non talking reels so much so that while trying to demonstrate a skirt being too tight I sort of look like I’m fondling myself.

You’re welcome. Chat and links in stories.

#40plusnotgivingupyet #zaratryon #midsize #midsizestyle #40plusstyle #40plusfashion

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You can see our #smallmumtallmum reel on our Instagram highlights so check it out!

A hashtag born from an Instafriendship with Abi @stealmystyle40!
We shopped, we storied, we shared our try-ons and laughed at the differences in sizes.  Our followers told us they LOVED it and asked for more. #smallmumtallmum was born!