Book & Bubble Bath
Original Instagram image posted by: @pebblesinlove
Hellooo and welcome back to my epic experiment Books, Baths & Boobs, where I attempt to recreated well-loved Bookstagram features.
Today I´d like to chat about reading in the tub. Raise your hand if you´re one of those people who love to soak yourself in a bath filled with bubbles! I´m one of those people. In fact- Taking a long, much needed hot bath with bubbles and having something to read is a luxury of mine. Mainly because it´s the only time ( and place ) where I can find some peace. Where´s Mommy? In the tub and unavailable for the next 1-1.5 hours.
I love reading in the tub. I love picking a book ( could be a new release or a reread ) and to walk those few joyful steps towards the bathroom. I´ll grab a bottle of wine on my way and lock the door behind me. THAT is what I call a perfect evening. If you´re asking where the candles are in all this: I´m not a fan of candles.
For some time other book bloggers have been questioning the necessity and authenticity of these Book & Bubble Bath images done by countless Bookstagrammers. For me, I don´t see why these shouldn´t be done. All this is about creativity. Unfortunately- this type of bookish creativity is often misunderstood or not welcomed. Me? I think whatever works for you will be accepted and will work for others as well.
Just recently I spotted this really pretty gem by Instagrammer pebblesinlove.
Isn´t that pretty? And doesn´t the image just scream “Read in the tub, woman!”? First of all, I like that the image is in color. I have no idea how many or if any filters were used for this book-bath feature. Do I care? Nope. It´s a great shot. A shot I thought I´d recreate. How hard can this little book and leg peeping recreation be? I read in the tub all the time. Surely, I´d be able to get this done within minutes.
Here´s a list of THINGS I USED
- 3 different shampoos ( for the extra bubbles and because I ran out of bubble bath )
- 1 paperback ( Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer )
- My phone
My Recreated Feature
I have mixed feelings. Nothing went as planned. What I thought would be a piece of cake ended up being a 1-hour literal pain in my ass. Either I´m too short or my bathtub is too long because I wasn´t able to work relaxed. What looks so effortless was actually hard as hell. I slipped a few times and yelled “I`M ABOUT TO GO UNDER!” to no one in particular.
My ” I`M ABOUT TO GO UNDER!” shot.
( I have 17 of these panic pictures )
And then there´s the issue with my less than presentable ghost-white skin. Thank the books for those three filters because without them you´d all be blind by now from white skin. I actually had to lighten up the bubbles and over filter my skin or else all you would´ve seen is white and a book. Then the troubles with the wet hand.
The book hand was dry. The phone hand wasn´t. I had to put my phone down every few seconds to rearrange the bubbles because they kept floating away. If your phone isn´t waterproof then you might want to ask someone to help with the shot.
It´s clear that the only problem I had was with the recreation. After this little stunt, I took a few other Book & Bath shots and those took me less than a minute to finish. It´s not easy to recreate someone else´s work. Personally, I´d classify the Book & Bubble Bath experiment as decent. Not a full success and not a complete failure.
Would I recommend taking Book & Bubble Bath shots for Instagram? Sure, why not? If done correctly ( not like I did ) then they can be a lot of fun.
Would I do this feature again? I bow before anyone who does these features but I think I´ll stick to reading in the tub from now on. While it was great to try this out, it was also a little difficult.
NOTE: No books were harmed or sacrificed for this experiment. All pages are intact and still in immaculate condition.
What do ya think? Was the recreation a hit or miss? Have you done a Book & Bath Instagram feature yourself? Tell me your secrets ❤
Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed.