Where Power Women Vacation

7 fabulous Dallas women divulge summer vacation plans and travel tips

Anna Sophia Van Zweden
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Gail Warrior
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Allie Beth Allman
Photo by David S. Irvin
Barbara Buzzell
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 Joyce Goss with Kenny Goss
Photo by Bruno
Neva Hall
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
DJ Lucy Wrubel
Photo by Daniel Drensky

There are those who travel, and there are those who travel well. From effortlessly chic outfits to wear on the plane to dishy beach reads and summer playlists, here are the expert ways seven singularly stylish Dallas women elevate every adventure.


Director of festival advancement, Soluna

Where are you getting away this summer? I will for sure visit my family in Amsterdam. From there I will go to the South of France and hopefully I will find time to visit Venice for the Biennale when it cools off a little bit. What are you packing? Lots of white crochet for that South French ’70s/Brigitte Bardot look, Missoni cover-ups, Christian Dior Technologic sunnies, Giuseppe Zanotti clogs, Frame cut-off shorts, and Lisa Marie Fernandez and Kiini swimsuits. Favorite hotel at your destination? In Amsterdam, The Conservatorium, which used to be the conservatory where my father and my aunt went to school. It’s a beautiful mix of Gothic historical elements and contemporary Dutch design. In the South of France, Hotel Du Cap in Cap d’Antibes is a magical place with so much history, and so many interesting guests have stayed there. In Venice, Hotel Cipriani is a favorite, especially because of the turtles that walk around freely in the beautiful gardens. Ideal travel companion? Summer vacation with my family is sacred to me since I don’t see them much. We always have the best time, and I get to play silly games with my three brothers. What book is in your tote? Usually a few art magazines and The Road to Character by David Brooks (a tip from my mother). Next place on your bucket list? Cartagena in Colombia, Punta del Este in Uruguay, Iceland and India. Too many!

Founder and CEO of Warrior Group

Where are you getting away this summer? I love to travel year-round. This year I've been to Ireland and the Kentucky Derby. This summer I’m primarily doing a couple of short getaways: the Riviera Maya in Mexico and New York City. I’m rounding out the year in St. Martin for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. What are you packing? For Mexico: swimsuits, sundresses, sunscreen, flip-flops, hats and Warrior Elements workout clothes with sneakers. For New York City: casual clothes, great walking shoes (with a cute wedge of course!) and Warrior Elements workout clothes with my sneakers. Favorite hotel at your destination? In Mexico Grand Luxxe and the Grand Mayan resort. In NYC, any five-star hotels in Soho or Central Park. I like trying out new places when I visit New York. Ideal travel companion? My son and/or my boyfriend. Or my best girlfriends if it's a girlfriend getaway, which I think every woman should do at least once a year. What's your jet lag cure? Stay awake if it's still daylight, and then get a good night's rest. I will also take a melatonin to help me stay asleep the first night. What book is in your tote? Integrative Nutrition right now. And a few good magazines — Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strong FitnessWhat's on your playlist? Kem, Black Eyed Peas, Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Hidden Beach and Jill Scott. Next place on your bucket list? Australia and Iceland. (I’m going to Iceland in April 2016.)

Founder, Allie Beth Allman & Associates

Where are you getting away this summer? I went on a magnificent trip  to the Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia and hope to go back before the end of the summer. We are also looking forward to going to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. What are you packing? Casual and hiking attire. Your ideal travel companion? My husband, Pierce. What book is in your tote? A friend of mine, Jerry Fullinwider, just wrote a fabulous book called  The Greatest Curiosity, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. What’s on your playlist? Anything country western, because my roots are West Texas. Next place on your bucket list? I would love to take my grandson to Africa to see the gorillas.

President and founder, Buzzell Company

Where are you getting away this summer? I must use up my soon-to-expire British Airways miles. So I’ll head to London and then to Venice for the Biennale. What are you packing? I pack a wardrobe of black and white clothes, great jeans, scarves and accessories from Rich Hippie, multiple pairs of comfortable walking shoes for all the cobblestones (Robert Clergerie, Stuart Weitzman). And easy, quick makeup is always Susan Posnick Colorflo foundation. Favorite hotel at your destination? The Rosewood London on High Holborn. It’s near Covent Garden and the theaters, right in the middle of everything. Ideal travel companion? This summer, Joyce Goss and I are traveling together and headed out to see art. What’s your jet lag cure? Traveling to Europe: sleep on the plane and force myself to stay awake the first day. It’s important to get into the new time zone. What book is in your tote? Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. What’s on your playlist? Bruno Mars, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Fleetwood Mac, Ed Sheeran, Mozart, Bach and Eric Clapton. Next place on your bucket list? Thailand, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand — and Africa, again!

Executive director, Goss-Michael Foundation

Where are you getting away this summer? London, Venice, Paris, Los Angeles. What are you packing? Classic Ray-Ban aviators, Elta MD Skincare sunscreen, Nike tennis shoes and workout gear, my favorite The Row navy blazer, Hanes white T-shirts, my trusted worn fedora, and espadrilles. Favorite hotel at your destination? Claridges is my favorite hotel in London. You can't beat the history and location, plus it has one of the best bars in the city. In Venice I love the Baglioni, which is an old aristocratic palace next to the Piazza San Marco. In Paris, I adore the Le Meurice. The concierge, Marc-Antoine, is the best, and the restaurant and bar in the hotel are fabulous. Ideal travel companion? My daughter, Greer. But for my London and Venice trip, it will be my good friend Barbara Buzzell. Your jet lag cure? Exercise and lots of water. Although it's not advised, a little nap always helps. What book is in your tote? All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. What’s on your playlist? I'm all over the place! “Maggie May” by  Rod Stewart; “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John; “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder; “Faith” by George Michael; “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader; “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake; “Hotel California” by The Eagles; anything by George Strait. Next place on your bucket list? Morocco.

Executive vice president, Neiman Marcus

Where are you getting away this summer? I just returned from a trip to Paris. Later this summer we are going to Carmel for two weeks for R&R: beach, golf, and great food and wine. What are you packing? California casual. A swimsuit, hats, summer dresses, distressed flared jeans, boho tops, Stan Smith white Adidas and my mirrored Dior sunnies. Along with some fun layered jewelry, the crossbody Celine Trio bag, a beach tote, sunscreen, a couple of great books and Architectural Digest. Favorite hotel at your destination? We are renting a house on the beach. Your ideal travel companion? My husband, of course! What’s your jet lag cure? Lots of water and sleep on the plane. I never forget La Mer Lifting and Firming Contour Serum or Sisley's eye mask. What book is in your tote? I am late, but The Goldfinch and The Checklist Manifesto. What’s on your playlist? My Pandora favorites right now are Florence and the Machine; Grace Potter; Edith Piaf; Earth, Wind and Fire; Eagles; Van Morrison; and, of course, Rolling Stones. Next place on your bucket list? Croatia. I have heard great things from many different people.

Dynamic DJ

Where are you getting away this summer? We are heading back to Italy in July. We have three families traveling together to Rome, Positano and Capri. Since [my husband] Steve and I lived in Rome for three years, we love to get back with our daughter, Stella, and roll around the piazzas with gelato in hand. What are you packing? Swimsuits and cover-ups from Emporio at Le Sirenuse. I only pack one pair of sunglasses because I love to buy new ones in Italy. We will make custom sandals there as well. Favorite hotel at your destination? My favorite hotel in the world is Le Sirenuse in Positano, owned by our friends Carla and Antonio Sersale. I have had the privilege of DJ'ing there and have built playlists for the hotel to play in their Champagne Bar. Ideal travel companion? My daughter, Stella, without a doubt. It’s the best to see places through her eyes. What’s your jet lag cure? Easy — don't sleep. Red Bull is your friend. Even a five-hour energy drink will help if you are desperate, and they are easy to pack. What book is in your tote? Sad but true, I will have four magazines, and it will be amazing if I finish three of them. I just don't lounge much on vacation. I would rather hike and swim or sit and drink and talk. When flying, I will sleep or listen to music and play cards with Stella. What’s on your playlist? Well, I will have loaded up playlists galore on two or three devices — music for every moment. The best thing music-wise for me is the stuff I will hear everywhere we go. I will be a Shazam-ing fool and will come home with so much good stuff. Next place on your bucket list? Well, I would love to visit Brazil — partly because I adore Brazilian music, but also generally I am happy anywhere that Latin folks live.