Janelle Monáe for Covergirl.
Photo:Courtesy of Covergirl

It seems like just yesterday when we announced that P!nk was the latest addition to the Covergirl roster (okay, it was last week, but still...). However, turns out the beauty giant isn't quite finished yet- Covergirl has ANOTHER music industry darling up its sleeve. Yesterday the company announced that Janelle Monáe would be joining the ranks of Drew Barrymore, Taylor Swift and P!nk as the brand's latest face. The ads, which premiere in the September issue of VOGUE magazine, showcase Miss Monáe working her trademark retro bouffant, rosy cheeks, and some statement red lips. Let's be real: if anyone can convince us to clean out our drawer to make room for even more makeup, it's Janelle Monáe....

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Lady Gaga, V Magazine

Lady Gaga writes on the benefits of manicure in latest "V" magazine column.
Photo: Courtesy of "V" Magazine

Paws up, ladies! Lady Gaga is back at the writing desk for V Magazine and contributing pearls (and rhinestones and glitterbombs) of wisdom for her guest column. The latest hot topic for Gaga Memo No. 7? The genuine importance of manicures. It makes sense. If your hallmark gesticulation has you and your fans flashing your tips at all hours of the day, y'all better make sure your nail beds don't suck (sorry, Karen Smith!). At MTV Style, we always have our eyes glued to the growing nail art landscape, but Mother Monster makes some solid points about the health and maintenance virtues that go hand-in-hand with regular manicures.

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Feeling blue about trading in your bikini for pencils and backpacks and binders? Don't be glum, stylettes! Back to school doesn't have to be a drag, and we're not just talking about the obligatory wardrobe revamp. A new school year, whether you're in high school, college, or grad school (or anything in between) is one of those rare chances to start over, to show off, to reinvent yourself. We've already broken down our favorite backpacks, varsity jackets, summer to fall trends, and sneakers, but we wanted to take a look at some killer first day looks that will help you put your mark on the school year in style.

FOR THE STYLIN' NERD

Being a bookworm doesn't have to be stuffy.
Photo: Urban Outfitters/Club Monaco/Marais USA/Madewell/Everlane

Since the dawn of time (modern time, that is), one of the most mysterious, awesome, coolest breeds of girl has been the stylish nerd. Is there anything more timeless than a great pair of horn-rimmed specs? Or the perfect pair of penny loafers? And is there any girl prettier than the one who can look as confident in a pair of pants and a button down as she would in a ball gown? The answer is no, which is why our one of our fave first day of school looks goes out to all the four-eyed stylettes in the audience. Since we're building from the frames down here, our faves are the Begley frames in whiskey tortoise from Warby Parker ($95). The brand also has a ton of other shapes and colors to fit any face, so our fave doesn't have to be yours too. They're equal parts Harry Potter and librarian chic, which are two things we're definitely going for here. Sometimes it's cute to be a little matchy-matchy, especially where accessories are involved, so we lurve this tortoise shell iPhone case from Case-mate ($40). While we're on the topic of accessories, a colorful belt adds a surprising splash to a simple outfit, and we love this Sundew leather one from Madewell ($48). It's no surprise that we love a good backpack, and the just released snap backpack in blue from Everlane ($65) reminds us a bit of Huckleberry Fin, so we think it would be perfect for lugging around all your favorite books, and yeah, the ones you're assigned, too. And not for the outfit! Every girl should have a simple pair of high-waisted black skinny jeans, it goes without saying, and these Urban Outfitters cigarette high-rise jeans ($39-on sale!) do the trick like none other. The classic move would be a crisp white oxford, but we wanted to throw a modern twist into the mix, which we managed to do quite nicely with the Faye Zodiac print shirt from Club Monaco ($129). If you can't tell, those are tiny zodiac symbols printed all over this button down, *swoon.* To top it all off, we found that perfect pair of penny loafers (say that 10 times fast) we were talking about, the Marais USA loafer flat in nude ($49).

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Lily Collins in 'Glamour.'
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Okay, so we're just going to come out and say it: we have a major girl crush on Lily Collins. We've loved the L.A.-based actress ever since her hosting duties on Nickelodeon way back when, but nowadays, with big-time movies like The Blind Side and Mirror Mirror to her name, the former teen TV reporter has officially grown into a full-blown movie star. We're not the only ones noticing, either. None other than Glamour's September cover girl and the issue's newest guest editor,Victoria Beckham, tapped Lily for the mag's special spread (no big deal). The 23-year-old is absolutely radiant in the images, sporting a ruffled pale pink knit sweater and working her signature strong brows like nobody's business. Paging Brooke Shields...

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Kanye West's '80s and Heartbreak' created from socks (left) and the original album cover.
Photo: Famous Sock Covers Tumblr / Amazon

There are some seriously ridiculous Tumblrs in the black hole of the blogosphere, but our latest discovery just might take the weird/crazy/cool prize of them all- at least for this week. Behold, "Famous Album Covers Recreated With My Socks." Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like... and yes, it's kind of amazing. Inspired by iconic album art from over the years from musicians like Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, and Pearl Jam, the brains behind the site have crafted their own version using.... the contents of their sock drawers.

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Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson wears Gucci and talks Spanx on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart".
Photo: Courtesy of Comedy Central

Robert Pattinson's visit to The Daily Show yesterday marked the Twilight actor's first television appearance since July's Teen Choice Awards (and since Kristen Stewart admitted to and publicly apologized for the US Weekly release/break-up scandal heard 'round the world). Forget for a second that he's a GIGANTIC international superstar and think about this in terms of just human beings.

As with any human's first outing after a bad break-up (you know, after you've gotten the whole sobbing yourself to sleep on the couch watching late night infomercials, not showering for several days THING out of your system), there's a lot of (usually self-induced) pressure to look reeeeeeally really ridiculously good for your return to the outside world. Most people make this debut at work or school. Celebrities do it in front of a nationally televised audience (or you know, the occasional, slightly more private shoot for an upcoming ad campaign). In our humble opinion, R.Pattz knocks the "Beginning of a New Chapter" look out of the park.

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Taylor Swift, Red Dresses

Taylor Swift in red dresses at 2012 Billboard Awards, 2011 CMT Artists of the Year Event, and 2011 Billboard Women In Music Awards.
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She's been teasing us via Twitter for the past few weeks, but last night Taylor Swift finally spilled her big news she's been hinting about in an online chat... and it's a triple whammy! She announced that her fourth album, Red, will drop October 22, and it'll be followed shortly by a massive world tour (start scouting tickets now!). But as awesome as all this is, it's not even the best part- she also debuted her newest single, the breakup jam "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." She's traded her country roots for an irresistibly catchy pop anthem filled with relationship angst, overflowing with attitude, and- shocker- we've been singing it at our desks all morning. If "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is any indication, let's just say Taylor's all grown up... and newest album is bound to be seriously good. As for the title, she told Just Jared that "I called it Red because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles," Taylor said. "In my mind, when you experience love that’s fast-paced and out-of-control and mixes infatuation, jealousy, frustration, miscommunication, and all of those lovely emotions… in retrospect, it all looks red." That might be true, but Taylor's been seeing red fashion-wise, as well.

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Lady Gaga in the dramatic new Fame video.
Photo: Haus Laboratories

Bringing to life the images from her Fame print campaign, the new film clip for Lady Gaga's black eau de parfum, Fame, bridges the austere, art-house quality of the previous short film, Formulation, with the high gloss, high fashion images in the print campaign. Remember that shot of the naked Gaga, laying like a lady giant being consumed by a hoard of tiny, ink-black figures? In the new clip you can see it in motion, for a split second (although blink and you'll miss it, there's so much going on). Directed by Steven Klein and produced by Ridley Scott and associates, the new film looks like it was shot on the set of a science fiction film, all metallic curves and back lighting. We're also super into the split second of Gaga, climbing out of a vat of thick, black liquid with a peach-colored bob. If this is what fame looks like, though, we have to say we're happy with our little lives. It's a scary, glamorous world Mama Monster has created. We totally do want to cop a bottle of the stuff, though, and are super jealous of the 1800 little monsters who allegedly got their paws on it in Tokyo.

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Beyonce

Cop Beyonce's Texas vacation outfits for yourself!
Photo: Courtesy of Beyonce's Tumblr/Black Label Boutique/Endless

We're pretty sure no one has ever accused Beyonce of slacking on her style, even when she's off-duty. From her vintage early-aughts billiards steez to her effortless tropical getaway outfits, Queen Bey brings it HARD sartorially on and off the clock. The latest evidence of this is found in the droves of Texas road trip pics she recently uploaded to her Tumblr, and being the benevolent Style blog that we are, we're showing you how to cop Beyonce's punchy boho-meets-Southwest look for yourself! You can start by replicating this entire outfit with this oversized "Property of Texas" shirt by Wildfox Couture ($53.90), a pair of black leather (or vegan leather!) shorts, these jaw-droppingly affordable Big Buddha patterned and fringed knee-high boots from Endless ($89.95).

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Adam Lambert's impressive new ink.
Photo: Adam Lambert's Twitter

First a shocking white blonde 'do, and now a brand new, enormous tattoo? What's gotten into Adam Lambert lately, we wonder? Not that he's a newcomer to the daring style game--he's been on our radar forever, and not just because of his willingness to wear leather in the heat of the summer. He's always kept it consistent when it counts, however, and then known when to switch it up. His trademark jet black hair was relatively easy to let go of when we saw how radiant he looked with his new bleach blonde mane, but this new tattoo? We have to say we would like to see it paired with an outfit, rather than just in closeup tattoo-shop-relief. The text, which is latin, reads, "Musica Delenit Bestiam Feram," which translates to, "Music Soothes the Savage Beast." A nice, and appropriate, sentiment coming from the singer, we think.

The thing we really can't stop thinking about, though, is how much the tattoo must've hurt! It's not Glambert's first ink, though, so we assume he was ready for it.

What do you think of Adam Lambert's new tattoo?

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