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.

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!

My Instagram @40plusnotgivingupyet

⭐⭐⭐GIVEAWAY with @lookfantastic and *fingers crossed🤞* raising money for @macmillancancer ⭐⭐⭐. .

It's HERE!!!! @lookfantastic have kindly donated their FABULOUS advent calendar for one of you guys to win and this year it's as wonderful as ever! £465 worth of product including brands such as @elemis, @tanluxe and @rodial. I'm not going to completely spoil it for you by going through the contents but it is fabulous. A daily bit of joy for December!!! Their advent calendars always sell out and are now on pre-order and this particular one will be winging it's way to one of you guys!

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To be in with a chance of winning see below. AND no obligation here but wouldn't it be wonderful if we could raise a bit of money for @macmillancancer too? We did this last year and I'm keen to do it again especially on a year that has hit the charity and those living with cancer even harder.  This is a giveaway not a raffle but if you would like we would LOVE it if you could donate to my official Justgiving page I set up last year that goes DIRECTLY to Macmillan. Link in my bio and also will be shared in my stories. There's quite a few of us wouldn't it be wonderful!? No amount is too small, there's quite a lot of us so donate as you wish even a £1 donation would be amazing! 

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Anyway the donation is not obligatory (rules is rules this is a giveaway or it gives a whole load of issues!). So here are the actual rules:

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⭐Like this post

⭐Follow me  

⭐Comment below tagging at least two friends (the more you enter as separate comments the more entries!)

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That's it!!!!! Competition will close on Sunday 4th October at 7pm and I will draw the winner at random on stories. Competition is open to ALL my followers and I will post out the prize once I have the winners details by recorded post. This giveaway is not affiliated with or endorsed by Instagram. Good luck!

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This was earlier this week when 🌞. Today I shall be in full hibernation mode WTAF even I can't keep screaming summer and sandals when it's gone baltic. 🌦❄.
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Happily my Barcelona gown will work just as well in my hibernation mode and reminder I that the mega giveaway I have on with them ends tonight. Go back a few squares to me wearing the @onehundredstars kimono in the field and enter away. And don't forget code AW1540 for 15% off across their beautiful site.
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And thanks to those of you that have told me about a spam copy account 40plusnotgiviingupyet and reported (clue in two i's but also it's private and hardly any followers but do watch out!).. I wasn't annoyed but now they're dm'ing saying you've won and need to click on links and pay $ it is dodgy so please watch out. I hate I'm putting it on a post even but while it's been reported it hasn't rectified. The biggest clue it isn't me though is that there are no stories I mean come on now that is where I can't shut up right???? Why dm when I could go on and witter on to all of you? My teacher said I could chat for England and jeezus you know what that turned in to a prophecy right??? #rabbitrabbitrabbit #shesgotmorerabbitthansainsburys #theydontevensellrabbitinsainsburys
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Weekend plans. To be honest the 10pm curfew hasn't affected me at all 😂🙌.

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Got a DM the other day when I shared my cami + blazer + jeans combo saying *bit samey old old*. Yup. I like it. I shall resist big collars that make me look like Anne of Green Gables or would inevitably end up with make up all over-the-collar, and I shall resist big ruffled sleeves that I can't fit under a jacket without looking like the Michelin Man. I shall resist the mega clumpy boots that my Mum would have called Bovver Boots. For me:
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Blazer + top + jeans = job done *since 2010 for me. I never said I was ground breaking 😂.
What about you?
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On that note jeans are old old old, cami is old, belt is @prelovedofbrighton old, boots are @officeshoes old, bag @nashandduff old but hopefully she will be still be taking orders for more (made when I asked if she could do a cow print esp for me gift), blazer current @hm it's a good one and I probably would have still liked it 10 years ago.
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I am nothing if not random. You will get a sparkly sequin skirt try on and then a bit of Jimmy Nail but if you hang in there yesterday I also shouted out the amazing work by @wemakegoodtrouble who are a Brighton based not for profit tackling hard hitting subjects that affect our teens. Teens talking about their experiences and sharing. It is brilliant. I've been part of a podcast on grief and teens with them alongside @winstonswish and @marklemonofficial but also they cover so many different subjects and talk about life over lockdown on their Facebook page. Support for parents carers teens it is all there for all of us. All linked in my stories or I've whacked it in highlights too under Teens. Do take a look. Hence the photo of me and the female part of my crew ( George took the 📷). 'Cos parenting is not the easiest but then again so is childing and sistering if you think about it right🙈😂.
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And then also... this skirt probably now destined for the attic. So goodbye pink skirt and leopard sandals. Summer stuff soon to be packed away and left in a black bag on the landing for us to trip over for a few months before someone nearly breaks a leg. More organising tips forthcoming if you wish...
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It may be all about knits and hoodies try ons in stories but real life I declare a tropical Indian summer and ffs I don't want to let go till I get frostbite... anyone for a BBQ tonight?!?!
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@hm try on yesterday. Loose oversized hoodie (even on me) and imitation leather trousers. So many of these about so giving them a go and although I did find them a bit short on me they got the seal of approval. It can be a minefield in this type of trousers if you are not size 8/10 but these only gave a hint of burst sofa and no 🐫 toe. It's all in the detail 😘🙌🙄🤣🙈.

Saved in highlights with sizing advice too.
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#smallmumtallmum

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!