September 2017 archive

Skirt Triks: Building The Perfect Cheese Plate

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m totally obsessed with any and all types of cheese! Whenever I host a book club, girls’ night in, or family gathering, my go-to appetizer is always a cheese plate. Easy to assemble and packed with an assortment of textures and flavors, a mix of different cheeses, meats, and fruits is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. While the options are endless, here are a few of my go-to ingredients for building a delectable and totally Instagram-worthy cheese platter:

Photo via: Apartment 34

Cheese
A good rule is to have something hard, something soft, something goat, and something cow while offering a combination of aged, crumbly, and creamy cheeses. Since cheese is best served at room temperature, make sure to let your platter sit for about 30 minutes before serving.

Crackers
Sturdy chips and crackers, toasted bread, or baguette slices are all good options. You’ll want to offer at least two choices.

Meat
Salami, Prosciutto, or other cured meats are staples of a good cheese plate. Mix spicy meats, like hot Soppressata, with mild ones or add rich flavors, such as Capicola for a variety of tastes.

Sweets
Add some color and bit of sweetness with fresh grapes or berries, dried apricots, or a side of jam or honey.

Nuts
For some crunch and salt, include nuts like almonds or cashews.

Once you have the perfect combination selected, carefully arrange everything on a pretty serving platter and enjoy

Meg’s Fall Wish List

As the days start to shorten and the temperatures drop, my list of fall must-haves gets longer and longer. It is the perfect time to refresh your beauty routine, wardrobe and home décor.

rag & bone Margot Bootie
I have a slight obsession with booties and have zero self-control when it comes to buying a new pair. This rust color is the perfect accent to my typical all black wardrobe.

Gray Malin Tray
The beach is my happy place, and I love absolutely everything by Gray Malin. Put the two together, and it is a no brainer — I have to have it! This gorgeous tray displayed on my coffee table is the perfect way to escape the cold weather and dream of the beach.

Cuyana Cashmere Scarf
A Cuyana cashmere scarf has been on my list for quite some time. It is a timeless piece that will never go out of style and I know will be a staple in my wardrobe. I think this may be the year I finally move it from my cart to my closet!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
My skin gets crazy dry the minute the weather starts to get cold. People swear by this cream, and I am anxious to try it this fall.

What are you wishing for this fall?