Hi, my name is Helen Brookes and I am

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!


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!

HM Blazer

My Instagram @40plusnotgivingupyet


A hashtag born from an Instafriendship! Abi @stealmystyle40 was introduced to me by Nikki @40notfrumpy. 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!

We try to meet up as often as possible when life / work and kids don’t get in the way. We hit the high street and grab a load of items and show how it looks on both of us. It ain’t always pretty but it is funny to see what a difference 7 inches makes! (Abi is 5’3 and a size 6/8 and I’m 5’10 and a size 12/14). Abi takes me out of my comfort zone, choosing stuff I may not have tried without her eagle eye. Perhaps you guys can brave it too?

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