Howl and Sophie from Miyazaki's How's Moving Castle. Sophie shall always remain one of the greatest female characters IMHO. She isn't looking for love or romance. She gets cursed with old age and doesn't let that get her down. She just does her best and good things happen to her. She's a GREAT role model! (and I love her and Howl)
"Sophie got into the habit of putting each hat on its stand as she finished it, where it sat looking almost like a head without a body, and pausing while she told the hat what the body under it ought to be like. She flattered the hats a bit, because you should flatter customers."