Okay Im working on a layout for my blog and it has a CSS dropdown menu. the menu works fine but there is a certain part of the menu that is too 'tall' I cant quite figure out how to either shorten the height or make that part transparent all together.

Sample Image

I attached a sample of the image. as you can see the background to that menu extends to the top of the page, I need it either invisible or to be lowered in height below the red line I drew. I have tried everything and it either pushed everything down and throws the alignment off, or makes the entire menu transparent.. PLZ help! thanks!

Heres the CSS for the menu:
Code:
<style type='text/css'>

#cssmenu ul,
#cssmenu li,
#cssmenu span,
#cssmenu a {
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  position: relative;
  
}
#cssmenu {
  height: 49px;
  border-radius: 5px 5px 0 0;
  -moz-border-radius: 5px 5px 0 0;
  -webkit-border-radius: 5px 5px 0 0;
  background: #141414;  background:url

(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAEAAAAxCAIAAACUDVRzAAAAA3NCSVQICAjb4U/gAAAALElEQVQImWMwMrJi

+v//PxMDw3+m//8ZoPR/qBgDEhuXGLoeYswhXg8R5gAAdVpfoJ3dB5oAAAAASUVORK5CYII=) 100% 100%;
  background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #32323a 0%, #141414 100%);
  background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%, #32323a), color-stop(100%, #141414));
  background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #32323a 0%, #141414 100%);
  background: -o-linear-gradient(top, #32323a 0%, #141414 100%);
  background: -ms-linear-gradient(top, #32323a 0%, #141414 100%);
  background: linear-gradient(to bottom, #32323a 0%, #141414 100%);
  border-bottom: 2px solid #6c5437;
}
#cssmenu:after,
#cssmenu ul:after {
  content: '';
  display: block;
  clear: both;
}
#cssmenu a {
  background: #141414; background:url

(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAEAAAAxCAIAAACUDVRzAAAAA3NCSVQICAjb4U/gAAAALElEQVQImWMwMrJi

+v//PxMDw3+m//8ZoPR/qBgDEhuXGLoeYswhXg8R5gAAdVpfoJ3dB5oAAAAASUVORK5CYII=) 100% 100%;
  background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #32323a 0%, #141414 100%);
  background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%, #32323a), color-stop(100%, #141414));
  background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #32323a 0%, #141414 100%);
  background: -o-linear-gradient(top, #32323a 0%, #141414 100%);
  background: -ms-linear-gradient(top, #32323a 0%, #141414 100%);
  background: linear-gradient(to bottom, #32323a 0%, #141414 100%);
  color: #ffffff;
  display: inline-block;
  font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif;
  font-size: 14px;
  line-height: 49px;
  padding: 0 30px;
  text-decoration: none;
}
#cssmenu ul {
  list-style: none;
}
#cssmenu &gt; ul {
  float: left;
}
#cssmenu &gt; ul &gt; li {
  float: left;
}
#cssmenu &gt; ul &gt; li:hover:after {
  content: '';
  display: block;
  width: 0;
  height: 0;
  position: absolute;
  left: 50%;
  bottom: 0;
  border-left: 10px solid transparent;
  border-right: 10px solid transparent;
  border-bottom: 10px solid #6c5437;
  margin-left: -10px;
}
#cssmenu &gt; ul &gt; li:first-child &gt; a {
  border-radius: 5px 0 0 0;
  -moz-border-radius: 5px 0 0 0;
  -webkit-border-radius: 5px 0 0 0;
}
#cssmenu &gt; ul &gt; li:last-child &gt; a {
  border-radius: 0 5px 0 0;
  -moz-border-radius: 0 5px 0 0;
  -webkit-border-radius: 0 5px 0 0;
}
#cssmenu &gt; ul &gt; li.active &gt; a {
  box-shadow: inset 0 0 3px #000000;
  -moz-box-shadow: inset 0 0 3px #000000;
  -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0 0 3px #000000;
  background: #070707;
 background:url

(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAEAAAAxCAIAAACUDVRzAAAAA3NCSVQICAjb4U/gAAAALklEQVQImWNQU9Nh

+v//PxMDw3+m//8ZkNj/mRgYIHxy5f//Z0BSi18e2TwS5QG4MGB54HL+mAAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==) 100% 100%;
  background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #26262c 0%, #070707 100%);
  background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%, #26262c), color-stop(100%, #070707));
  background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #26262c 0%, #070707 100%);
  background: -o-linear-gradient(top, #26262c 0%, #070707 100%);
  background: -ms-linear-gradient(top, #26262c 0%, #070707 100%);
  background: linear-gradient(to bottom, #26262c 0%, #070707 100%); } #cssmenu &gt; ul &gt; li:hover &gt; a {
  background: #070707;
  background:url

(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAEAAAAxCAIAAACUDVRzAAAAA3NCSVQICAjb4U/gAAAALklEQVQImWNQU9Nh

+v//PxMDw3+m//8ZkNj/mRgYIHxy5f//Z0BSi18e2TwS5QG4MGB54HL+mAAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==) 100% 100%;
  background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #26262c 0%, #070707 100%);
  background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%, #26262c), color-stop(100%, #070707));
  background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #26262c 0%, #070707 100%);
  background: -o-linear-gradient(top, #26262c 0%, #070707 100%);
  background: -ms-linear-gradient(top, #26262c 0%, #070707 100%);
  background: linear-gradient(to bottom, #26262c 0%, #070707 100%);
  box-shadow: inset 0 0 3px #000000;
  -moz-box-shadow: inset 0 0 3px #000000;
  -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0 0 3px #000000; } #cssmenu .has-sub {
  z-index: 1;
}
#cssmenu .has-sub:hover &gt; ul {
  display: block;
}
#cssmenu .has-sub ul {
  display: none;
  position: absolute;
  width: 200px;
  top: 100%;
  left: 0;
}
#cssmenu .has-sub ul li {
  *margin-bottom: -1px;
}
#cssmenu .has-sub ul li a {
  background: #6c5437;
  border-bottom: 1px dotted #a79887;
  filter: none;
  font-size: 11px;
  display: block;
  line-height: 120%;
  padding: 10px;
}
#cssmenu .has-sub ul li:hover a {
  background: #4a3a26;
}
#cssmenu .has-sub .has-sub:hover &gt; ul {
  display: block;
}
#cssmenu .has-sub .has-sub ul {
  display: none;
  position: absolute;
  left: 100%;
  top: 0;
}
#cssmenu .has-sub .has-sub ul li a {
  background: #4a3a26;
  border-bottom: 1px dotted #92897d;
}
#cssmenu .has-sub .has-sub ul li a:hover {
  background: #281f14;
}
    </style>
It is called using:
Code:
<div id='cssmenu' style='padding-top:45px'>
<ul>
   <li><a href='http://mannovations.blogspot.com/'><span>Home</span></a></li>
   <li><a href='http://mannovations.blogspot.com/p/about.html'><span>About</span></a></li>
   <li class='has-sub'><a href='http://mannovations.blogspot.com/p/dress-appearance.html'><span>Style</span></a>
      <ul>
         <li class='has-sub'><a href='#'><span>Dress</span></a>
            <ul>
               <li class='last'><a href='suit.htm'><span>The Suit</span></a></li>
            </ul>
         </li>
      </ul>
   </li>
   <li><a href='http://mannovations.blogspot.com/p/the-bank.html'><span>The Bank</span></a></li>
   <li><a href='http://mannovations.blogspot.com/p/man-skills.html'><span>Man Skills</span></a></li>
   <li><a href='http://mannovations.blogspot.com/p/recipes.html'><span>Recipes</span></a></li>
   <li><a href='http://mannovations.blogspot.com/p/fitness-health.html'><span>Health</span></a></li>
   <li><a href='#'><span>Shop</span></a></li>
   <li class='last'><a href='#'><span>Contact</span></a></li>
</ul>
</div>