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Watch 2 longtime friends experience a transformational Ambush Makeover

Their new styles are the perfect way to bring some excitement to their wardrobes!

Lasting friendships can be tough to come by — but these Ambush Makeover guests prove that strong relationships can stand the test of time.

Patricia and Maxine met years ago when they joined their college sorority, Omega Mu Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta. At the time, Maxine held a leadership chair position and helped mentor Patricia throughout her time at the sorority.

Both ladies visited TODAY to celebrate 100 years of sisterhood with some of their fellow sorority members. Though they live in different places, they continue to stay friends and were thrilled to be treated to a transformational Ambush Makeover.

TODAY lifestyle contributor Jill Martin and celebrity hairstylist Louis Licari helped Patricia and Maxine achieve a brand new style to take them into the new year. See their looks below!


Patricia is originally from Los Angeles, California but moved to the East Coast after marrying her husband, Christopher. She has three kids: two girls and a newborn boy who was welcomed into the family in November.

Black Moto Jacket

BlankNYC Black Moto Jacket

This coated moto jacket from Nordstrom will add a touch of edge to your wardrobe. Martin recommended one from White House Black Market, but it sold out due to its popularity. Luckily, this detailed one is sure to stand out at any event.

Style & Co Moto Jacket

The Shop TODAY team loves this faux-leather jacket because it's versatile and sleek. It comes in eight colors so you're bound to find one that fits your personal style.

Leopard Sweater

J.Crew Tippi Sweater

This darling top worn by Jenkins is made from merino wool that will keep you warm without the bulk. Finish the look with a practical black crossbody bag.

Aqua Cashmere Leopard Sweater

Introduce some animal print to your wardrobe with this pattered cashmere sweater. We love that it's 74% off right now, so snag it before it sells out!

Classic Black Pants

Talbots High-Waist Jeans

A timeless pair of black pants should always have a place in your closet and this classic pair is both versatile and on-trend. Martin loves that they have a polished look.

Levi Strauss & Co. Shaping Jeans

These figure-flattering jeans picked by Shop TODAY are made from a cotton and polyester blend for all-day comfort. Though they have a slight stretch in the material, they won't lose their shape over time.

Suede Booties

J.Crew Pointed-Toe Sadie Boots

Patricia stepped into the new year with this practical pair of suede booties. This J.Crew style is designed with leather lining, a block heel and a zip closure.

Lulu's Tan Suede Booties

You can get these neutral tan booties for under $50. Buyers say they are super comfortable and fashionable.


Maxine is visiting from Somerset, New Jersey with her longtime friends. She is married to her husband, Rodney, and also has three kids who range in age from 20 to 34.

Chic Poncho

Ann Taylor Ribbed Turtleneck Poncho

The poncho is a style is one of the top fashion trends of 2020. Right now, you can get this Martin-approved staple for under $80.

Lou & Grey Ribtrim Poncho

Lou & Grey is known for creating ultra-cozy sweaters and this poncho is no different. We chose this alpaca-blend one because it will add a soft and warm feel to your outfit.

Slim-Fit Jeans

Ann Taylor Sculpting Pockets Jeans

Made in regular, petite and tall sizes, these pants are designed to flatter your shape. Though Maxine wore them with a poncho, you can pair them with anything in your closet from a classic white shirt to a dressy blazer.

Levi Strauss & Co. Skinny Jean

For under $25, you can snag a pair of these top-rated jeans by Levi Strauss & Co. Shop TODAY was surprised to see that they come in 15 colors and have nearly 7,000 reviews on Amazon!

Leopard Ankle Boot

J. Crew Pointed-toe Sadie boots

Martin's Banana Republic boot pick was out of stock, but we found this pair from J.Crew that's sure to add a unique touch to your outfit.

Fralissi Leopard Bootie

These boots were originally $135 but they are currently just $70. Steal this deal and wear them everywhere from the office to dinner with friends.

Loved both styles? Check out Patricia's other look here.

Faux-fur Jacket

Wit and Wisdom Faux Fur Coat

Since Martin's pick was out of stock, Shop TODAY found this comfy and chic one from Nordstrom. This one has a hidden snap closure in the front to keep out those inevitable springtime winds.

Ellen Tracy Faux Fur Coat

Shop TODAY loves this affordable coat because it's made with a thick and warm faux fur material. If you're not into leopard, it also comes in light gray and black.

Shimmer Turtleneck

& Other Stories Fitted Turtleneck Glitter Sweater

Shimmer tops are extremely which is why Martin's choice flew off the shelves. Fortunately, we found this similar one — and it's only $24!

INC Shimmer Turtleneck

Shine in the new year with this shimmery turtleneck from INC International Concepts. The top comes in three colors including mauve, burnt orange and a deep silver tone.

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