Transitioning Gracefully to Fall

Even though it has been unseasonably AND unreasonably hot this week (that’s your cue end-of-summer) we know this heat won’t stick around for long. We’ll eventually transition to colder mornings and evenings with bursts of heat in the afternoon. To keep you comfortable and fashionable, I wanted to share three pieces I always have on hand for fall.


Lightweight Cardigan

Truth—I usually have a cardigan stashed in my car, and this particular Chris and Carol cardigan is so lightweight, I also usually have one in my purse! Note: I am not really a football fan and don’t have a preference between Iowa and Iowa State. I just happen to absolutely LOVE black and gold together. So, congrats to the Hawkeye fans and better luck next year Cyclones. If I were attending the game, I would have plucked this from my purse between rain delays.

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The Jean Jacket

Classic Closet Staple

I’ve been wearing jean jackets since my first job at Back Country Outfitters in Beaverdale and then during my entire stint at The Limited in West Des Moines and Water Tower Place in Chicago. I’ve literally held onto jean jackets for YEARS. These things never go out of style. But, the style does change. This NEW favorite of mine has a more boxy fit, silver hardware, fun stitching and of course the cute destruction.


Lightweight Knit Tops

Lightweight tops are a great way to transition from summer to fall---not too summery but they won’t make you hot either. I’m also loving the new trends I’m seeing for fall—keyholes and three quarter length sleeves.


Shout out to my friend Michelle at Cre8tv Qn for these beautiful handmade, leather earrings. So on trend and great fall colors.

Here’s to cooler days ahead!

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Back to School Giving Back

Last month my Facebook feed exploded with the cuteness of “first day of school” pics from friends and family, including these two cuties, niece and nephew Lindy and Benny. (Couldn’t resist sharing!)

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I have to give a shout out to Mr. Stewart Buck, one of my favorite teachers at Bondurant-Farrar High School. Even though I only took a handful of art classes, he made extra effort to get to know me and was such a positive force for all students. (Photo courtesy of the my high school yearbook!)

Now retired, Mr. Buck taught art at Bondurant-Farrar High School.

Now retired, Mr. Buck taught art at Bondurant-Farrar High School.


At Fusion we love our teachers. (Pass it on—I give 20% off an item once a month for all school faculty!) During the month of August we asked for donations for Featured Teacher Nikki Webb’s first grade class at Garton Elementary, which is part of Des Moines Public Schools.


We know a lot of teachers purchase their own supplies due to lack of available funding. We had a great response, with customers bringing in sticky notes, dry erase markers, sharpies, pencils and copy paper. Nikki is excited about how these supplies will get her students off to a great start.


Thanks so much to all who donated and cheers to a new school year. We wish our teachers, students and parents all the best in their new routines of books, buses and earlier bedtimes!


Sara's September Favorite

Sara's September Favorite

My favorite piece in the store is always changing! This week my Fusion favorite, that we’re stocked up on and ready to send home with you, is….the Dear John ankle skinny jean in honey gold!

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