OK, I'm gonna sound retarded here but I have no idea where I should be looking/editing. I'm still kinda new to these things and usually just figure them out but this time it's not so easy.
Master Views: These represent everything that wraps the main content of every page. If all you want to do is add a menu or banner above Vanilla, this is the only file you will need to alter. To do so, copy the default master view from /applications/dashboard/views/default.master.php to /themes/your_theme_name/views/default.master.php and edit it there.