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

I haven't got a Greek holiday booked but this dress does make me think Mamma Mia which in turn makes me think BILL!!!!😍😍😍 WHY ON EARTH DID YOU GO FOR SAM DONNA!?
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Yes Mamma Mia 2 is quite UNBELIEVABLE I do agree but the joys of Bill both old and young are not to be underestimated right?! This weekend I gave you grief and an over reliance on alcohol so really time to lighten it up right😂🙈.
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Dress @hm current

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Help! Only one of the plants here is real. It is dying. My Mum once gave me a stunning flourishing monkey puzzle plant that she had had for decades. It lasted a few brief months. So I know now that I'm better off with ones that need dusting rather than watering...
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So help... these are all @tkmaxxuk / @homesense_ukie but I'm always on the hunt for good artificial ones so if you can recommend any please let us know !!! And let's save the real ones from my destructive nature🙈.
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⭐Print @iacfantiquefairs by an artist called Michael English
⭐Banana 🍌 candlesticks @grahamandgreen
⭐Frida vase @sassandbelle
⭐Cabinet @homesense_ukie
⭐Rug old @dwell.co.uk
⭐Radiator @columnrads
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Just over 2 years ago, my Dad in his element at one of the many charity dos he used to organise (and party at!). Except we knew he didn't have much time left and word got around too that night, even though he didn't want anyone knowing. By the time the music came on everyone (over 120 people) started singing Johnny Angell How We Love You. It's a song from the 60s but perfect for my Dad, John Angell. He was sooooo loved and not just by me and George and our family but so many friends. Quite a guy.
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This time was a very dark time for me despite the smiles. My Mum had just died after a long time in pain so it was a different kind of grief and wrapped in so many complicated emotions as you feel guilty for the relief you also feel for losing someone you love so much. We were preparing for George to come live with us too and I was utterly shit scared. I didn't know how I would ever be able to make our family whole again. I kept a brave face for Dad but not so much when I wasn't with him.
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Grief is knotted and hard and brutal. It is a huge part of our lives and when I talk about it sandwiched between a try on of dressss that flatter or me cooking up a rubbish meal I am just sharing how it is for me. They are a part of our lives forever. Lizzy, Mum and Dad and others we have lost all there still. If we love, we grieve 💔.
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Wellies for life. Another in my series of how to mess up a good outfit with practical footwear. I could go places with this suggestions on what footwear to go with next?!? Uggs? Orthopaedic sandals? Those strange trainers that have the very weird TOE separators?!?!?!
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⭐Denim jacket @mandco_fashion gift
⭐Dress @hm
⭐Wellies @lechameau1927 bargain from @philipmorrisandson (recommended by my farmer pal @theonlygirlinthebarn)
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#AD THAT face you pull when you get a deal. I promise I never bulk bought pasta or toilet rolls. But beauty stuff is my weakness and if it's on offer AND I know it works I have been known to stock up🙈. 
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6 weeks ago I was lucky enough to be asked to try out @no7uk Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate. At first I used it cautiously once a week, while not forgetting my SPF50 in the daytime, because this is powerful stuff and you need to take it easy at first. Now, I'm up to slotting it into my VERY simple nighttime routine and applying it about 3 or 4 times a week; after cleansing, and before putting on my serum, eye cream, night cream etc.. My skin feels smoother and looks fresher, and I am pleased with the results giving my skin that boost of radiance. And we all know I love a bit of a radiance except this one is skincare not make up. And I feel it's doing a grand job. So yes, while the first tube was gifted I have now stocked up my bathroom cabinet while it's on offer. I think we could say I've pretty much enabled myself. 😂
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It's a given that the jeans are tight 'nuff said but when I put my old boots on omigoodness it felt like my feet had thought I'd DIED. Have my feet spread too?😭.
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⭐Shirt current @topshop
⭐Jeans old @hm
⭐Belt @prelovedofbrighton
⭐Boots old @officeshoes
⭐Bag @nashandduff currently not available I'll let you know when it is!
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