How To: Not Rip Your Tights and Pantyhose

Ladder in Tights

Have you ever experienced the aggravation of ripping your hose or stockings? I used to joke that pantyhose were disposable because I always trashed them by the second wear. Keeping hosiery intact and in shape seemed to be a complete myth.

I started looking into compression hose, since I sit 8 hours a day as a receptionist (it helps improve blood circulation in the legs and feet). But when I looked at the price, I gasped. $30-$60!!! I decided there had to be a way to protect such an expensive pair of hosiery. Well, I did my research online and found a couple of great tips.

Use Rubber Gloves!


When I first discovered this tip, it sounded ridiculous. Why would I wear rubber gloves to put on my tights? Well, apparently they will prevent those awful runs and snags. Sounds good to me!

Because the hosiery has such a delicate weave, your fingernails -or even the skin on your fingers- can rip it. This is especially true for compression hosiery, as it is much tighter and harder to put on. I have seen “donning gloves” that you can buy on Amazon, such as this pair of Sigvaris Donning Gloves. You can try regular rubber gloves as well.

Wash Those Tights Right!


How you wash your pantyhose is key to keeping them in good shape. 🙂

If you’ve ever had your hose stretched waaay long, it’s because they were not placed in a lingerie bag. Lingerie bags are typically made of mesh, and help protect hosiery, as well as other intimates. This Whitmore Mesh Hosiery Wash Bag at Amazon is a good, cheap option. 🙂

Also: Make sure to set the washing machine cycle to delicate, and on warm to cool water..

Another tip: Also, don’t send them through the dryer! Use a paper towel to soak up excess water, and then hang to dry.

Hopefully these tips will save you some stress, frustration and some money as well. 🙂


Disclaimer: I am not being compensated in any shape or form for this post. All opinions are my own.

Down East & Thrifting -Part 4


Today is the last part of my Down East & Thrifting Series. My Down East Haul finds sure can stretch far and wide! I decided it was just too cold out, and opted for an inside photo shoot. 🙂 Today I am showing off three dresses from Down East.

This first one is a little brown dress. 🙂 It has a simple design to it, and it’s easy to layer and helps stretch my wardrobe. I guess you could call it an LBD for redheads. 🙂 I paired it with a really fun hunter green necklace from One World Boutique and some rose-colored rose tights. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Little Brown Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Green Necklace: $9.99, New (One World Boutique)
  • Rose Tights: $2, New (Icing)
  • Brown Leather Boots: $8, Thrifted


You last saw this dress in my Brother -in-Law’s Wedding post. 🙂 I’m wearing it here more like a skirt. I thinking the green tights are fun. To make the look a little less like Elphaba, I paired the tights with green flats. Plus, it gives a longer leaner line. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Blue Button Up Blouse: $2, Thrifted (Old Navy)
  • Gray Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Green Tights: $4, New (Kroger Supermarket)
  • Green Flats: $5, Thrifted (Nine West)
  • Tiger’s Eye and Agate Necklace: $0, Handmade with Gifted Beads 🙂


This is my favorite dress of the three. It is green, and just so dang cute! I wear it a lot with brown boots, but I decide to try black boots. I still like it better with brown, but this is a fun look. I love green, and I struggle with not pulling this little beauty out every time I want to wear a dress!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Green Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Sunflower Pendant: $3, Thrifted
  • Black Boots: $5, Thrifted

And that’s the end of my Down East & Thrifting Series! I hope you liked it. Now that you’ve seen all twelve outfits, which one is your favorite? You can tell me in the comment section below.


Down East & Thrifting -Part 2



Yesterday was the slacks edition, and today is all about skirts! I’m really having fun showing off my pieces from the Down East Haul, as well as my thrift store finds. 🙂 And yes, it is very, very cold outside. 🙂

I think this outfit is a fun look! I love how the white skirt matches the snow. I found this really neat leather jacket at the Seeds of Hope $1 bag sale, and I fell in love with it. I’m so glad it fit when I got home!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Brown Leather Jacket: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (YMI)
  • Green and Blue Striped Shirt: $5, Thrifted (Target)
  • White Summer Skirt: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Brown Boots: $8 Thrifted
  • Pearl Necklace: $3, Thrifted (This necklace has shown up so many times on my blog!)


This outfit is a little better for North Dakota. The midi length helps to keep me warm, and I rather like the china blue pattern to it. I paired it with red flats and a yellow shirt, but the navy jacket helps to tonE it down a bit. This jacket was also found at the $1 bag sale. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed

  • Yellow Layering Tee: $3, New, (Down East Haul)
  • Navy Jacket: Part of $1 Bag Sale, Thrifted (Vanity)
  • Red Ballet Flats: $5, New (Rue 21)
  • Blue Midi Skirt: Part of $1 Bag Sale, Thrifted (Worthington)


Now, I love this outfit! That little black satin shirt is one of my first thrift store finds ever. I found it when I was clothes shopping in preparation for college. Although it is almost 10 years old, it’s still in great shape! I also thought the purple tights and bright necklace as a fun addition to the all black outfit. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed

  • Black Satin Shirt: $4, Thrifted (Express)
  • Black Sparkly Pencil Skirt: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Fashion Statement Necklace: Gifted by my awesome coworker Jane! (Charming Charlie)
  • Purple Tights: $4, New (Kroger Supermarket)
  • Black Pumps: $3 New (Comfort Plus)

Which one is your favorite! You can leave a comment below!

Down East & Thrifting Part 1


It’s a lovely day here in North Dakota. The sky is blue, the sun is bright, and …it’s exactly 1 degree Fahrenheit! It was so gorgeous out that I decided to brave the cold for this photo shoot. 🙂 I realized that I hadn’t shown off the clothes that I got from my Down East Haul, and I figured I should remedy that! Plus, I can show off some of my thrift store finds while I’m at it. 🙂

I adore this J. Crew sweater! I just love the look and feel of it! It is 100% merino wool, super warm, and super soft. I got it for free! Seeds of Hope, one of Bismarck’s thrift stores, has a room that is $1 a bag Tuesday -Thursday, and free on Fridays. I had seen it the day before and figured it would be gone before I came back. But there it was, hanging just for me!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Brown and Black Merino Wool Cardigan: $0, Thrifted (J.Crew)
  • Brown 3/4 Sleeve Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Black Pinstripe Pants: Part of $1 Sale, Thrifted (Maurices)
  • Black Pumps: $3, Thrifted (Comfort Plus)



This is a fun little number. You can’t tell, but the pants are high waist in a 1950’s cut that look really cute and retro. I’ll have to show them off in a different post. 🙂 I really like the orange and navy. I think it’s striking without being over the top.

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Orange Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Navy Short Sleeve Blouse: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (Maurices)
  • Navy Slacks: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (Marianne Fashion)
  • Leopard Print Flats: $9, New (Payless Shoes)
  • Gold, Mint and Orange Floral Necklace: Gift (from my awesome Mom-in-law!)



I really love J.Crew. I am so stoked to have a thrift store nearby that sells this brand! I think the olive and green flats is a fun, wear to work combination. Granted, we have a strictly blue shirt policy at my work, but that’s okay. 🙂 I’ll wear on the weekend when I want to look nice.

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Gray Merino Wool Cardigan: $5, Thrifted (J.Crew)
  • Olive Short Sleeve Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Gray Slacks: $2, Thrifted (Tracy Evans Limited)
  • Green Flats -$3, Thrifted (Nine West)
  • Black Clay Rose Necklace, $5, New (Walmart)

P.S. If you ever decide to come to North Dakota during the winter, please don’t walk out of the house like this! You will freeze your buns off!!! Bring a warm coat and scarf!


My Blog Has Moved!


I’ve been working hard to move all of my posts over to my brand new blog! Over the years as I have written at Colorful Glamour, I wanted a new name. Colorful Glamour just didn’t feel right. I toyed with Trendy Zen, Dana Buchmiller, Colorful Zen… but I just couldn’t find the right one. Then it came to me -Dana Maye! Maye is my middle name, it’s easy to spell, and it is gives a certain charm that I like.

Plus, I actually went ahead and bought the blog domain name, so I don’t have that annoying at the end of my name. So, you can find me now at!

I hope you like the new look and feel of my website!


Halloween Fun


Happy Halloween everyone! Ben and I went to a themed Halloween dinner with our good friends Spencer and Noelle. It was so much fun! They had the whole place decorated, and we even got to eat a human skeleton –very delicious! I really loved Spencer and Noelle’s costumes -Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein! How cool!


I wanted to come as an English noble lady, and made do with what I found. I think I more look like a lady from the 1940s or 1950s. 🙂 (Ben decided to come dressed up as Robin Hood). So of course, I stopped by one of the local thriftstores!

My Costume Deconstructed:

  • Green Dress: $5, Thrifted
  • Pearls: $3, Thrifted
  • 1940s Black Pill Box Hat: $2, Thrifted
  • Gloves: $2 Thrifted
  • Pumps: $3, Thrifted (Comfort Plus)


Let me tell you, Simeon was just delicious. He was made out spare ribs, and the meat just fell off of the bone. Maybe I should specify that it wasn’t a real skeleton… 😉

My New Blue Sunhat


I found a lovely sunhat in an unlikely place- Lowes! We were looking for plantar boxes to hang off our balcony railings, when I found this little beauty sitting in a stack of hats on a box display. I picked it up, and it was love at first sight! I love sunhats, because they help protect my sensitive, pale skin. (Oh the woes of burning easily…) I also love sunhats because they seem super glamorous to me. Depending on how they are styled, they can add a hint of whimsy, or a dash of mystery. Bismarck has been throwing some delicious weather at us lately, and I am soaking it all up. I’m super excited that it’s going to be 77 degrees on my birthday, this Saturday. Woohoo!


Here’s me trying on my”model” face just for fun! How’s my smize 🙂 I know you want to get a sunhat of your own! 🙂

My Chocolate Outfit


I haven’t done an outfit post in a while, and decided to put one up! This one is chocolate themed, for my love of chocolate! I thought it was a super fun outfit to wear, and thought that I would share it with you! As soon as I put it on, I felt like I was impersonating a chocolate bar. 🙂 Since I adore chocolate, I’d have to say it’s a good thing. 🙂 In any case, chocolate is a great color for fall. And, if you want to try a monochromatic look that isn’t black, I’m here to say it can work fantastic!


What I’m Wearing:

  • Boots: Faded Glory, $8 thrifted
  • Capelet: Down East, $5 (at the Down East warehouse sale)
  • Shirt: Down East, $3 (at the Down East warehouse sale)
  • Brown Jeans: $4 thrifted


Well, I’m off to take the practice GRE, so I don’t have a lot of time, but I really wanted to post about my fun outfit. I hope you liked it. And well, I hope I inspired you to try out your local thrift store (or maybe the fancy thrift store a little farther away)!

Down East Haul!


For making my weight loss goal of losing 35 pounds, I had a bunch of money set aside for buying new clothes. And when my awesome sister Heather told me about a Down East Warehouse sale going on, I had to jump on it! Once a year in Rexburg, the Down East store opens up shop in a different location with really low prices. This year, layering t-shirts and accessories are $3, and everything else from sweaters to coats to dresses to pants are $5. I came out of there with lots of treasures! In total, I bought 3 dresses, 1 scarf, 2 sweaters, 4 skirts, and 8 layering tees. I paid a total of $77, which for 18 items is pretty crazy. And the original value retailed at about $339! So, I got everything for about 77% off! How cool is that?


I am really excited about all of these shirts. I love Down East shirts, but am a cheap skate and don’t like paying $10 a shirt. At $3 a shirt -basically thrift store price -I had to get a whole bunch. If you noticed, I didn’t buy any teal or turquoise in the is entire haul. I’m pretty proud of myself for that. 🙂

I love all four skirts that I got, but my favorite is a pleated synthetic leather skirt. I have wanted to own a pair of leather pants or a leather skirt for quite some time now, but didn’t know how to find a modest fit. Well, this full a-line pleated skirt does the job nicely. 🙂


I love the eggplant and black striped sweater. It’s so cute and comfy. I also like the brown cardigan -it has a capelet silhouette, which is fun to wear, and almost like a blanket. 🙂 And I love the three dresses I got! The green one is the perfect color, and looks fantastic on me! It’s almost as if I got it tailored to fit just right!

That, my friends, is the end of my haul. I promise to have to outfit posts off soon, so you can see what they look like in me. Yay for modest fashion!

Oh, and if you are in the Rexburg area and want to check out the sale, it is next to the Dollar Tree on S. 2nd E. 🙂

A Summery Jean Skirt


Here is my outift post for the week! I wanted to wear something compatible with the Texas heat, so I went with my blue patterned t-shirt, and jean skirt, and a pair of flats. It’s comfy, but it still looks cute, which I like. Today was one of  those days where I looked at my outfit, and realized that every single item happened to be a gift! The jean skirt and the t-shirt came from Patty, my mom-in-law, and my flats were given to me as part of my bridesmaid outfit for my sister Kelly’s wedding. 🙂 And my pearl set, complete with earrings, bracelet and necklace were an anniversary gift from Ben!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Black Flats – $14.99, Kmart (gift)
  • Rewind Flared Jean Skirt -$3 at Santa Barbara thrift store (gift)
  • Blue and White Graphic T-Shirt -$2 at Walmart (gift)
  • Pearl Jewelry Set -$26 at Walmart (gift)

And, that’s about it for this week. I just wanted to share my modest outfit, and show that casual wear doesn’t have to be sloppy. 🙂 And, wow! I’m just so happy with losing 35 pounds! I think I’m going to stay at this weight, and work on weight training to add a little more tone. Life is good!