Do you ever see a woman of a certain age and stop dead in your tracks, whispering to yourself with a smile and a little awe, “That. That’s what I want to look like someday.” I love when that happens!

I honestly believe that women get better with age, don’t you? Especially in the case of 90-something Iris Apfel, who has somehow managed to grow even cooler with every birthday she celebrates. She’s instantly recognizable for her owlish eyeglasses, endless bangles up each arm, and happily saturated lips. Ms. Apfel recently partnered with MAC Cosmetics to create a collection that includes colors like Pink Pigeon and Morange, which is described as a loudmouth orange.

This interview, shared on my hairdresser friend’s brilliant blog, is pretty wonderful. Among the many gems on aging gracefully: “I think if women put some more of the time and money they put on their heads in their heads, they’d be better off. I mean, nobody’s going to think you’re thirty-two, so what’s the point?”

I’d love to hear your thoughts on aging with style. Also, who is your inspiration for how you hope you’ll look when you grow up?

P.S. For more advanced style inspiration, there’s a blog named exactly that, devoted to women aged perfectly.

Image of Iris and her turquoise found via LifeStyleHunters.