... while in Moscow a few months ago, i read a good Strobist article on high key lighting which provided some motivation. White tiled bathroom and three hotel lamps as spots with their shades taken off. No cable release. Had to use the self timer and place the camera on the toilet seat (which was down!).
Bought the hat at a local market. You can tell the bottles were full (and still sealed) so I did not have to pay the high mini-bar prices. In my hand was a coke with ice.
It turned out about 65% as good as i had envisioned it.