Mint Madness

Every other Tuesday Laurie Hibberd fills in The Early Show on the latest trends in fashion, music, and pop culture with the Hib List.
Do you worry about breath? Well, if you do, you're not alone.

Mint jubilee: In the past year, Americans spent more than $300 million trying to get a fresh and minty smell.

How do they get it? With the almighty breath mint, of course. The breath mint industry is so hot and lucrative, it tops the Hib list.

Designer mints are everywhere these days. It used to be as simple as popping a Tic Tac, but then Altoids came along. Now everything has to be bigger, better and stronger.

Animal prints show no sign of slowing down.

Pony up to the store: Next, lets go shopping! There's one trend I've been avoiding because it's really not my personal favorite. But today I've decided to embrace it wholeheartedly.

Be it leopard or zebra or the so hot pony skin, animal prints are dominating the racks in stores across the country, and they show no sign of slowing down.

Even accessories are going wild. Just be careful how you mix and match.

Remix master: One that has no problem with mixing is Whitney Houston; she has taken the art of remixing to new heights and, in return, she has found a new audience.

One year ago, her album My Love Is Your Love debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard charts and was considered a big disappointment. But by remixing the album singles, Houston proved she hadn't lost her platinum touch.

She reached the top 10 on the pop, R&B and dance charts and sold more than 3 million albums. Some disappointment!

Companies put their own magazines to show they care about your whole life not just your wallet.

A magazine that cares: The latest trend in publishing is for companies to put out their own magazines. It's called "relationship marketing," where companies prove they care about your whole life, not just your wallet.

So if you want to read Joe, you'll have to go get a cup of joe from Starbucks. And it doesn't stop there. Companies like IKEA, Abercrombie & Fitch and even Son have jumped on the bandwagon, as if there weren't enough magazines on the rack these days.

I've flipped through all these and they have legitimate articles and ads, but do I really want to get cooking advice from IKEA?

The I-Zone produces postage-size pictures that can be used as stickers.

Joycam to the world: Finally, with the holidays coming, you'll want to get those cameras ready. Polaroids are hotter than ever.

The Joycam for instance fits in your pocket and spits out 2.5-by-4.5-inch photos. The I-Zone gives you postage-size pictures that can be used as stickers if you have the right film.

My personal favorite is the Pop Shots because it's a disposable instant camera that's totally recyclable. How much more instant gratification can you get?

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