Meet Jenny Schneider of Apres Soleil Tans
A local airbrush-tanning guru shares her tips and favorite East Bay haunts.
By Shannon McIntyre
Flawlessly sun kissed, Jenny Schneider is a walking testament to the natural-looking airbrush tans she customizes at her Walnut Creek business, Apres Soleil Tans. But faux wasn’t always her way to glow. Four years ago, a skin check revealed sun damage, shocking Schneider—a mother of three and a 15-year East Bay resident—into reality. To avoid the sun but keep her color, Schneider tried self-tanners, but their smell and tint were nonstarters. “The airbrush tan was big in L.A., so I thought I’d start something here,” she says. Now, her skills are sought out by brides, style bloggers, and models—even Miss America 2016. apressoleiltans.com.
A Koch miniskirt from Flaunt Boutique in Danville, Converse sneakers, and a Camino Brands Cosmo Clutch (Schneider has it in 10 shades) are a go-to combo. For hot heels that “get her into trouble,” she hits Jinny in Walnut Creek.
Cancer awareness. 100 percent of Apres Soleil’s #CheckMeOut T-shirt sales go to research, and last year, Schneider’s Meet Me in Miami poolside fashion show fundraiser was a hit. This August, Schneider is pairing with the Cancer Support Community of Walnut Creek.
Barre at The Bar Method, where she practices and teaches. “It’s my happy place and makes me feel like I can take on the world,” she says. Try her favorite Lululemon Align Pant ($98) for leggings that won’t ride up.
To boost energy, Schneider swears by vitamin B-12 shots and Endermologie body treatments at SkinSpirit, and the Woodhouse Signature Hand Retreat at The Woodhouse Day Spa.
Beauty and Brains
Thirsty Thursday, a networking group of local businesswomen, redefines ladies night. “We cross market, invite speakers, and learn from and support each other,” says Schneider, the cofounder. Itty Bitty Bakeshoppe, a small-batch bakery in Lafayette, catered the inaugural event.
Schneider can’t get enough of Sasa’s from-the-field eggplant and Residual Sugar’s fun new seafood menu. And “even if it’s 10 a.m., I’ll get The Cooperage’s G&T because it’s just so beautiful,” she says of the flower-decked beverage.