I was doing an inventory purge tonight when I found this snapshot of my avatar when I was less than a month old in SL:
I cringe when I look at this. No AO, and I didn't have one for months because I hated the 'sexy walk', free hair, free dress, but I actually paid $500L's for the skin. I suppose I could have looked worse.
It only took about 2.5 years, but I'm pretty satisfied with my av now, although she is still always a work in progress.