March 20, 2019

Floral Frenzy: A Pantone Colour Spread for Spring 2019

For the Winter edition of the Pantone Colour spread, I thought it would be fun to play with some rich, vibrant colours for a season in which everything is usually very dull.
March 17, 2019

A Busy Bee’s Guide to Being Lazy

Do you find yourself with a jam-packed calendar and no end in sight? Do you have a mile long to-do list and a never ending “to read” or “to watch” list?
March 16, 2019

Captain Marvel Film Review: The Marvel Hero I’ve Been Waiting For

*NO SPOILERS* Co-written and directed by a woman, Captain Marvel passed the Bechdel Test with flying colours.
March 13, 2019

My Experience With Non-Toxic Skincare

If I skipped even a day in my skincare routine, the acne would come back. The “solution” was just masking the underlying problem.
March 10, 2019

Women in the Arts: Ryerson Musical Theatre Company

At the micro, university level, we are lucky to find examples of women taking on leadership roles within the arts...
March 8, 2019

“What do you want out of Feminism?”: A conversation turned open letter

Just as my view of this holiday has changed over the years, my personal definition of what stands behind this day has also changed as it is continuing to change on the spectrum of radicalism with every year for every culture, country, and family.
March 7, 2019

Common Mag Designs: Feminist Art

To celebrate the upcoming International Women’s Day, we challenged our design team to create artwork that communicated their opinions of feminism, being a women, and overall values as female content creators.
March 6, 2019

What I’m Worth

We are worth so much more than the number we see on the scale; our weight is not measured in pounds, but in our abilities and what we love about ourselves.
March 5, 2019

Making ‘Herstory’: Iconic females you should know about

In honour of International Women’s Day this Friday, let’s take a look at some feminist icons that everyone should be aware of for their work towards gender and political equality.
March 4, 2019

Feminist Moves: The History of International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2019 is International Women’s Day—a day that celebrates women and their achievements around the world.
February 27, 2019

What Black History Month Means to Me

When Black History Month would roll around, I always felt uneasy. When both white and black people are saying that you're white you feel like you're in a wired limbo.
February 24, 2019

Evelyn Iona Cosmetics: Healthier Makeup for the Everyday Person

Recently, I received a cute little package from Evelyn Iona Cosmetics—a Canadian makeup brand that specializes in green beauty products.
February 20, 2019

7 Local Shops in Toronto With Killer Aesthetic

There’s a lot to be said for shopping local—supporting your community or values you can get behind, the intimacy of small-batched products, the overall sustainability aspect.
February 17, 2019

Why Netflix is My Guide for Winter Dressing this Year

We have officially made it into the deepest depths of winter which means two things: a) and I can’t stress this enough, it’s nothing less than treacherous outside, and b) dressing for the weather has become next to impossible.
February 14, 2019

Story Time: How I Knew I Loved Them

The topic of love is a heavy one, whether it’s romantic, familial, or platonic. That said, stories of love are incredible and somehow always manage to make us feel safe and hopeful.
February 13, 2019

Story Time: How I Knew I Loved Myself

The topic of self-love is a complicated one. For some, loving yourself is a part of everyday living, while for others it’s a little bit more of a task.
February 10, 2019

Be Average: The Antithesis To My Generation’s Specialness Complex

Admit it: you think you’re above average. Your parents, your best friend, a coworker, that one teacher at school—they all told you.
February 9, 2019

Say Good ‘Bi’ to #20BiTeen

In the LGBTQ+ community and beyond, 2018 was the year of #20gayteen, and people were here for it.
February 6, 2019

An Open Letter to My Younger Self

Your thirteenth year will be such a trying one; you’ve never had such a hard time in your life...
February 3, 2019

A Daily Dose of Self-Love: 6 Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow

Instagram is often a place where many of us feel insecure and even unwelcome...
January 30, 2019

‘Don’t Press Snooze’ on Pressed News

In a day and age where we are constantly connected, and where the bad news never seems to end, the act of reading the news daily can be exhausting.
January 29, 2019

On We March

Despite temperatures dipping lower than -15 C, hundreds stood in the snow while speeches were given concerning intersectional feminism and government policies.
January 27, 2019

Where Are the Children?

As of 2016, Indigenous children make up over 50% of Canada’s foster care system, despite the fact Indigenous people represent only 4.9% of Canada’s total population. Read that again.
January 23, 2019

Introducing HeartStrong Tattoo: The New Shop in Town

I love tattoos. My arms, chest, and legs are a patchwork of different artists and styles, and each one tells a story about who I was at the time, or where I was.
January 20, 2019

Dear Mr. Ford, let’s decode your OSAP announcement.

It shouldn’t have surprised anyone that education would be the next point on the Conservative agenda...
January 16, 2019

Welcome to the Real World

When you’re a kid, the ultimate dream is to grow up as fast as humanly possible, because in the eyes of an 11-year-old, the benefits that adults reap seem endless...
January 13, 2019

The Local Tourist: NEW YORK CITY

I find I can usually enjoy a city much more when I’m living like a local: eating at all the cheap (but amazing) food spots, taking the transit rather than tour buses, and visiting places in the city that probably don’t show up on every top 10 attractions list.
January 9, 2019

How to Eat Healthy While Being Vegetarian

The first thing people tend to assume when you tell them you’re vegetarian is that you’re a health guru or a wannabe “hippie”.
January 6, 2019

Common Mag Designs: Pantone’s Living Coral

In celebration of Pantone announcing their 2019 Colour of the Year, I wanted to challenge Common Mag’s designers with the opportunity to create something with the Living Coral colour palette in mind.
January 2, 2019

Making “Herstory”: The Women of WWII

More and more women are being brought to light for their heroic feats and brilliance throughout history, and it is in this article where I want to shine the light on the trials of women who deserve to have their stories heard.
December 30, 2018

The Local Tourist: COPENHAGEN

...it always surprises me how many people neglect putting Copenhagen on their wanderlust travel list.
December 26, 2018

I’m Not Like Other Girls… Well, Actually I Am

What we mean to say is “I’m not like what the media tells us girls are supposed to be”... well, most girls rarely are.
December 23, 2018

250 Words: What does femininity mean to you?

When I was younger I rejected a lot of things labelled as “feminine”. This list included things like dresses, purses, makeup, and the colour pink...
December 21, 2018

Precious Gems: A Pantone Colour Spread for Winter 2018/2019

For the Winter edition of the Pantone Colour spread, I thought it would be fun to play with some rich, vibrant colours for a season in which everything is usually very dull.
December 19, 2018

Staff Book Recommendations

Looking for a new book to read? The Common Mag team has got you covered! Check out our favourite books we’ve recommended to you and maybe you’ll find a new favourite too…
December 16, 2018

Why I’m Moving Across the Country After I Graduate—All On My Own

I first considered the idea of moving to Canada’s East Coast three years ago when my mom, sister, grandma, and I visited Nova Scotia at the end of summer.
December 12, 2018

Queer Artists You Need to Listen To

Sometimes, you don’t want to listen to another boy-meets-girl-and-breaks-her-heart song (although sometimes you do because the beat is just so damn catchy). Instead you search for that rare gem of a girl-meets-girl-and-breaks-her-heart song...
December 9, 2018

A 21st Century Grandma’s Apple Pie

One thing that you should probably know about me is that I love entertaining. Whether it’s getting friends together for a movie night, or a large group of people for a fun theme night, I love planning...
December 5, 2018

I Am Not a “Tortured Artist”: My Relationship With Creativity and Mental Illness

The notion of the “tortured artist” is a tale as old as time. It was Aristotle after all who said that “no great genius has ever existed without a strain of madness.”
December 2, 2018

Own It (“It” Being Yourself)

Earlier this term, I left a school networking event with this bubbling feeling of wanting to cry, sprint, and scream, all at the same time.
November 28, 2018

Confessions: Unforgivable Acts

This is the first installment in a series called ‘Confessions’, where I’ve asked people to anonymously submit their answers to personal or thought-provoking questions.
November 25, 2018

If Beale Street Could Talk: A Powerful Film of Love and Discrimination

In his follow-up film to his Oscar-winning Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins brings us If Beale Street Could Talk—a dreamy, romantic drama that will immediately draw you in and capture your heart.
November 22, 2018

Hello from your local femme queer!

What’s it like to date as a queer femme? Dressing for yourself or others? What about sex?! What does the word “femme” represent? What is the history behind it, and what does it mean today?
November 19, 2018

Reclaiming Femininity: An Apology to the Colour Pink

I wanted to be on the right side. I thought liking blue afforded me some sort of protection. The choice was “Beauty or Brains”. I couldn’t be both, as if one was so shallow, empty, ditzy, illogical, and the other was supposed to be… the right answer?
November 15, 2018

Easy Ways to Be More Environmentally Conscious (And Why You Should Do Them)

I’ve seen a bunch of posts on social media recently shaming people for shaming others to be more environmentally friendly.
November 12, 2018

No Amount of Sage Smoke

Residential schools may have closed in 1996, but their practices are alive and well.
November 9, 2018

“Hey, Beautiful”: Catcalling and Street Harassment Stories

With almost daily allegations of sexual harassment, rape, and unwanted attention, I can’t help but think these behaviours don’t just happen out of nowhere.
November 8, 2018

Skincare Simplified: The Basics You Should Know

Skincare. It’s an intimidating topic, especially now that there are thousands of products on the market targeted towards concerns you didn’t even know you should have.
November 7, 2018

Six Women on What Their Glasses Say About Their Identity

Every glasses-wearer has heard the nickname “four eyes” at some point in their lives, among other negative stereotypes associated with their frames.
November 6, 2018

The “Should” Decade: On Being 23 and A Bit Lost

As I sit down to write this piece, I have just finished decorating my apartment for the Thanksgiving dinner I am co-hosting tomorrow. This will be my first ‘grown up’ dinner party...
November 5, 2018

Welcome to Common Mag

Common Mag started as a passion project to create and design an online magazine run by women and non-binary people for everyone to enjoy. In celebration of our launch, we sat down to talk about our experiences bringing Common Mag to life.