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. Over the past six seasons, she has become immersed in the New York fashion scene, providing exclusive coverage of fashion shows that include NYC and Canada. Maria has also done content writing contributions for Lucky Magazine and Mode Media’s Glam Channel. Many of her blog posts are informational pieces that have included trending topics such as; runway reviews, style trends, fashion events and celebrity red carpet highlights. 

Earlier in 2017, Maria decided to take the platform of her blog in a new direction she now calls ‘Beyond the Fashion’, seeking to inspire others in their soul-searching creative journey. Subjects include self-development, personal growth, among other inspirational topics. When she is not busy doing write-ups on her computer, Maria enjoys visiting art museums, practicing yoga, meditation, reading about spirituality and holistic medicine and painting.