Face it, whether you’re in Warrior pose or brunching alfresco, you live in yoga clothing. But admittedly, sometimes that collection of tees and leggings doesn’t quite make the cut. Enter Crane & Lion, a new Boston-based activewear company that strives to fill that all-important space where “feel good” and “look good” meet.

Crane & Lion Yoga Activewear

Between the on-trend color palettes, flattering silhouettes, and hand-selected fabrics, we’re not sure what we’re more obsessed with. And the fact that there’s a charity connection has us revamping our stash of athleisure (for the uninitiated, that’s athletic + leisure style), guilt free. Each year, the brand contributes 5% of its revenue to three organizations that dedicate themselves to health, wellness, and the happiness of others: the one hundred by the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Wide Horizons For Children, and Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

With that knowledge in mind, we made a beeline toward Crane & Lion‘s most coveted piece – an impossibly chic and super-versatile wrap sweater. We mixed and matched with just about everything in our closet, and though there are a million and one ways to wear it, we have a couple favorites. Pair it with a pencil skirt and silk blouse for work or keep it casual with a fail-safe combo of a Crane & Lion racerback tank and any of their tights.

Invite this activewear into your wardrobe. Our Crane & Lion Boutique opened Monday, May 18, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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May 18, 2015

This time of year, it’s easy to lose that get-fit motivation. Super Bowl snacks? Check. Valentine’s Day candy? Coming right up. But have no fear: we’ve got you (and more specifically, your skinny jeans) covered. Just pair our go-to workout tunes with bright leggings, and soon you’ll be off and running.

Workout Playlist

1. Beastie Boys – So What’Cha Want
2. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
3. Alesso – Heroes (We Could Be)
4. Ariana Grande – Break Free
5. Jessie J & 2 Chainz – Burnin’ Up
6. Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin
7. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
8. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
9. Sia – Chandelier
10. Beyoncé – XO

For fresh new gear, check out our lucy Boutique, which opened Thursday, February 5, at 11AM ET.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

What songs get you moving at the gym? Tweet us at @ruelala to share.

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February 5, 2015

Stop the presses: Bad Gal RiRi has been named creative director of the women’s division at PUMA. The star will not only oversee the direction of its collection, but she’ll also act as a brand ambassador alongside Usain Bolt and Mario Balotelli.

PUMA Creative Director Rihanna

Image via Wikimedia Commons

This is hardly Rihanna’s first foray into fashion, as the singer has previously collaborated with brands including MAC, Balmain, and Gucci. PUMA CEO Bjørn Gulden called the decision a natural one, saying, “Her global profile, her charisma and individuality, her ambition – all these things make her a perfect ambassador for our brand. . . . We’re delighted to have her as a partner, and we’re looking forward to what’s to come.” Not one to waste any time, Rihanna had her first creative meeting yesterday at the company’s headquarters in Germany.

We love seeing our favorite Barbadian take on fashion, but we plead with one last request: “Please don’t stop the music.”

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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December 16, 2014

Next time you’re running the trails or hitting the gym, take a look around. In case you haven’t already noticed, when it comes to athletic clothing, brights and prints are taking over. Why? They’re fun, bold, and give that extra kick of motivation. Here’s how to incorporate them into your workout.


For Women:
Pair big prints with small. Try a legging in an allover high-contrast design (you can get away with it, promise) topped with a tank in a quieter one.

For Men:
Energize your routine with masculine, tech-driven patterns. Think gradients and abstract maps on either top or bottom – never both at the same time.

Start loading up on prints and color. Our Reebok Boutique opened Wednesday, August 6, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 6, 2014

Who knew Denver, CO, was a hot spot for menswear? According to CNN, New York City’s been one-upped. 

Denver: A Men's Style Hot Spot

Image via CNN.com

With its desirable work-life balance and preexisting sew-and-cut industry, it’s only natural that brands like Topo Designs and Winter Session are thriving in the Mile High City. And as the American-made trend continues, I wouldn’t be surprised if more brands and shops like these head west. Who knows – maybe the guys of Denver will be the ones setting the global trends in menswear soon. 

Read the full article on CNN.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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February 21, 2014

New BalanceWith our New Balance Boutique just opened, we turned to our Corporate Concierge and three-time marathoner (soon to be five) for her insights into what it takes to find the perfect running shoe.

While my life is dedicated to style, I have to say it: you can not pick running shoes based on color. Each shoe is designed with specific runner mechanics in mind. The prettiest colors may not always give you the right type of support or flexibility you need. Make up for it by buying fun running clothes or getting a great running buddy.

I recommend you go to a running shop and get fitted. A good place will analyze how your feet hit the ground, ask you about trouble spots (like knees), and recommend shoes based on these (and other) factors. The store should let you test the sneakers, and have a pretty good return/exchange policy. The fitting is free, and the time spent up front will avoid time spent at the doctor’s or physical therapy later.
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August 25, 2011