Maria Cartagena is the founder of the blog One Style at a Time. Born and raised in New York, she studied fashion design and also fashion buying and merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology. From a very young age, she was creative, curious and drawn to the art and design of high-quality, well-crafted clothing. She has always been an avid writer and creating a blog was something that has brought together her passion for the written word and the arts. 

Since launching the blog in 2011, Maria has been a fashion guest panelist on the Huffington Post Live, appearing alongside fashion designers Cynthia Rowley, Donna Karan, and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski. She was also featured in Latina Magazine during New York Fashion Week: Street Style: Latinas at New York Fashion Week. For over six seasons she was a part of the New York fashion scene, providing exclusive coverage of fashion shows that included NYC and Canada. 

Earlier in 2017, Maria decided to take the platform of her blog in a new direction which she now calls ‘Beyond the Fashion’. Seeking to inspire others in their soul-searching creative journey she now includes subjects such as self-development, mind, body and spirit, wellness and discovering new artistic talent. When she is not busy doing write-ups on her computer, Maria enjoys visiting art museums, painting, practicing yoga, and meditation. She currently also works in the Television Media industry.