Baby's First Swim... a la mode.

Did you know "a la mode"
means "in the current style or fashion?"

While I may actually prefer
the Americanized version
that involves a mound of ice cream
being sat alongside- or on top- of something.

I mean, how did that become the term for 
adding ice cream to a hot dessert?

In the current fashion of... childhood obesity?

Not sure...
but I'm thankful someone made it happen.

I'm also thankful that my dear friend, Kyla,
snapped these pictures of Viola
having her first swim...

in an infiniti pool....

.... at a gorgeous chateau
sat amongst a vineyard
in Southern France.

That, my friend, is swimming in style.

If we keep up these kind of moves,
this baby's first words are going to be
"Treat Yo'self."

Moving beyond the ridiculousness of this girl's short life,
can I once again sing the praises of this gorgeous chateau?

If you missed it,

You can go check it out
while I stare out the window
at the grey skies of London
bemoaning the pseudo-summer.

{Yes, the fairy tale is over and we are back to living in reality!}

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy.


  1. What a cutie! Plus gotta love Primark!

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose blog

  2. Oh my goodness, she is a sweetie! I was confused when I saw the title too; I was trying to figure out how anyone could swim in ice cream. ha! (although, wouldn't that just be the dream?)

  3. HA! I thought the same thing, of Viola swimming in ice cream. She already lives my dream life, so it wouldn't surprise me! ;)
    - Rachel/ With Love, Rachel

  4. how's she gonna ever come back to our shitty american pools, concrete all around and poopy diapers neeeearly floating about (okay maybe they're not that bad, but they're no infinity pools in southern france!). princess vi forever!

  5. Love this post, especially for the reference to Tom on Parks and Recs!

  6. Hahahaha Viola's expression in that last picture is SO royal! "Commoners with their first swims in community pools... how awful."

  7. Infinity pool!!! On my how fancy! I love it! Viola is so cute!

  8. I love that your "back to reality" requires you living in Notting Hill and catching rides on Double Decker Buses. My reality is looking out at my redneck neighbor and driving a mini van. But I can't's still a really good life (minus the redneck neighbor who smokes in her underwear outside)

    1. ditto, except my redneck neighbor doesn't smoke in her undies outside, but she does feed the neighborhood skunks.

      love little princess vi's swimsuit! too cute!

  9. Aw, Viola looks like she is having a wonderful time! Love your suit too!

  10. WOW!!!!
    I really love that little princess!!!
    She looks comfortable in the water!!!

  11. She looks so happy in the pictures! Absolutely adorable!

  12. Perfect style for a gorgeous princess. Just love these pics x

  13. I still can't get over that photo of little V lounging infront of that chateau. I hope you frame that!

  14. Adorable! Not too shabby of a first swim for Princess Vi!

  15. bahaha that was the cutest thing ever!

  16. um, can I take that WITH a scoop of ice cream on top?

  17. Oh goodness she looks so happy in the water! Look at that little smile!


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