People we love are a series of interviews with women around the world who transmit inspiration in the way they dress or the way they are. Every woman is unique in the way she is. This month we got to know Mariel Cornel of Polydeux!

Mariel is the person behind Polydeux who quickly became an inspiration platform for creatives and creations of the same form.
She is known for her eclectic and minimalist style, which helps her strong presence in the fashion community. Equipped with an international audience, Mariel Cornel has an influence and style to become a precursor to this ever-changing industry.
 Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your blog?
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your blog?
My name is Mariel Cornel, otherwise known as Polydeux, which is the name of my blog. Polydeux was originally a joint blog started by me and my best friend from high school August 2012. Its progress was very on and off in its first two years until I started taking it seriously. Polydeux is a fashion and lifestyle blog that aims to inspire and encourage others to discover themselves and to do what they love. Essentially, I want people to find what makes them happy.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style evolves the more I experiment. It’s very day and night but I pull a lot of influence from high-end streetwear and contemporary couture. My style is just a hybrid between the two. I like mixing and matching between feminine and masculine silhouettes.
 How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?

How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
I’m always looking to improve. I crave to be more well-read, more knowledgeable, more successful. I want to become healthier physically, mentally, and spiritually. As for Polydeux, I see it becoming an international brand and to grow its influence. Eventually, I’d want to expand my team, buy out an office and become an LLC so I can heighten my productivity and quality of my work. That might not happen in just the next year but maybe the year after.
What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
That’s such a hard question to answer. I would say the most challenging moment had to be working with brands that ended up being very toxic business relationships. Those experiences forced me to grow tough skin and called for me to step up to the plate. A lot of times, we influencers end up becoming slaves to certain brands because we know they have power and money. However, we don’t realize that we’re the ones with the power. We’re just afraid of losing opportunities to work.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Oddly enough, a lot of my inspiration comes from Korean culture. Their media is always challenging themselves and their concepts are so new and abstract. I love how much they’re always trying to push beyond their boundaries and they always come up with ideas I’d never seen in the states.
Aside from that, I look up a lot to my fellow creatives and other influencers I’ve followed since high school, such as @jnelv, @thegreylayers, @chrisellelim, @lusttforlife, and @margharet_zhang. These ladies have really set the tone in each of their own niches and I admire them a lot of growing their empires without having to ride on others’ backs.
When I’m feeling low on creative energy, I love exploring new locations, cities, restaurants and especially museums or galleries. You gain perspective and feel fuller when you disconnect yourself from the digital world and just be present in new experiences.
What would you say that is the biggest challenge about blogging?
I love this question. The biggest challenge about blogging would have to be with myself. I find that it’s hard for me to be patient for my success. It’s a lesson I’m learning over and over again. I also subconsciously compare myself a lot to others in the industry and it frustrates me in the end because I crave to grow as much as they have. I often find myself tossing and turning, and losing sleep over brainstorming new ideas to move forward. The hunger for progress is very real.
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